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Can douching keep me from getting pregnant?

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Douching is not an effective birth control method. After ejaculation, the sperm enter the cervix and are out of reach of any douching solution.

From: Birth Control Myths WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

BMJ : “The Timing of the ‘Fertile Window’ in the Menstrual Cycle: Day Specific Estimates from a Prospective Study.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Birth Control: The Pill,” “Contraception During Breastfeeding.”

Clinics in Perinatology : “The Effect of Lactation on Ovulation and Fertility.”

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Michigan Medicine: “Birth Control: Myths About Sex and Pregnancy.”

Go Ask Alice: “Does Washing Immediately After Intercourse Prevent Pregnancy?” “Semen in Mouth -- Pregnant?”

Human Fertility : “Sperm Content of Pre-Ejaculatory Fluid.”

International Society for Sexual Medicine: “What is Pre-Ejaculate or Precum?”

Journal of Sexual Medicine : “Can the Controversy About the Putative Role of the Human Female Orgasm in Sperm Transport Be Settled with Our Current Physiological Knowledge of Coitus?”

Mayo Clinic: “Getting Pregnant.”

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center: “You Asked It: Does Peeing Prevent Pregnancy?”

National Health Service (UK): “Can I Get Pregnant if I have Sex Without Penetration?”

Office on Women’s Health: “Douching.”

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Birth Control Pill,” “Can I Get Pregnant if I Have Anal Sex?” “Can You Get Pregnant if You Have Sex Standing Up?” “Can You Get Pregnant from Pre-Ejaculate?” “Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?”

The British Medical Journal : “Does Superfoetation Occur? Report of a Possible Case.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

BMJ : “The Timing of the ‘Fertile Window’ in the Menstrual Cycle: Day Specific Estimates from a Prospective Study.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Birth Control: The Pill,” “Contraception During Breastfeeding.”

Clinics in Perinatology : “The Effect of Lactation on Ovulation and Fertility.”

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Michigan Medicine: “Birth Control: Myths About Sex and Pregnancy.”

Go Ask Alice: “Does Washing Immediately After Intercourse Prevent Pregnancy?” “Semen in Mouth -- Pregnant?”

Human Fertility : “Sperm Content of Pre-Ejaculatory Fluid.”

International Society for Sexual Medicine: “What is Pre-Ejaculate or Precum?”

Journal of Sexual Medicine : “Can the Controversy About the Putative Role of the Human Female Orgasm in Sperm Transport Be Settled with Our Current Physiological Knowledge of Coitus?”

Mayo Clinic: “Getting Pregnant.”

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center: “You Asked It: Does Peeing Prevent Pregnancy?”

National Health Service (UK): “Can I Get Pregnant if I have Sex Without Penetration?”

Office on Women’s Health: “Douching.”

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Birth Control Pill,” “Can I Get Pregnant if I Have Anal Sex?” “Can You Get Pregnant if You Have Sex Standing Up?” “Can You Get Pregnant from Pre-Ejaculate?” “Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?”

The British Medical Journal : “Does Superfoetation Occur? Report of a Possible Case.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 28, 2019

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