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Health Information For Teens
Can you get pregnant if you have sex standing up? – Francine*
Yes, you can.
Any time a girl has vaginal sex with a guy, she is at risk for becoming pregnant. It doesn’t matter how or where a couple has sex — whether they’re standing up, the girl’s on top, or they’re in a pool or hot tub, or any other way — a girl can get pregnant.
Sperm can swim up against gravity, and they’re fast. As soon as sperm make it inside the vagina, they start racing toward the girl’s egg. Sometimes if a girl is standing up or on top, it might seem like all of a guy’s ejaculate comes out of her vagina. But enough sperm can still get in to make her pregnant. Even if a guy pulls out before he comes, a girl can still get pregnant because it’s possible for some sperm to escape into the vagina before a guy ejaculates.
It’s also possible to get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) anytime you have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral), in any position. Condoms can help prevent pregnancy and STDs, so use them for any type of sex, in any position.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.
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Some people – even those who are having sex – are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.
Why do girls get periods? What goes on when a woman gets pregnant? What can go wrong with the female reproductive system? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article for teens.
What makes up a guy’s reproductive system and how does it develop? Find the answers to these questions and more.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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