Virginity, coitus interruptus and pregnancy: answers the sexologist

Let’s shed some light on the topic of virginity and pregnancy , thanks to the advice of Dr. Valerio Celletti, inspired by a recent question from a reader.

Is it possible to get pregnant while being a virgin?

Yes, it is possible. When you are a virgin, women usually have a mucous membrane, the hymen, which narrows the vaginal canal but does not close it and does not prevent the entry of sperm or the fertilization that can follow.

Is it possible to be a virgin even if you haven’t lost blood?

(I assume you are referring to after consuming full sexual intercourse or at least after penetration) 

The hymen is a membrane that can be more or less elastic and varies from person to person. If the hymen is very elastic it is possible that it will not break despite the penetration and it is also possible that it will break without causing any bleeding.

However, it’s not a membrane that makes a person more or less a virgin, virginity is rather a state of mind that you don’t have to worry about .

What is coitus interruptus?

Ejaculating out of the vagina ( coitus interruptus ) is a natural birth control method and, like all natural birth control methods, it is not a safe contraceptive, but it does decrease the chances of getting pregnant.

It is not a safe method because the penis loses seminal fluid even before ejaculation , so the man can involuntarily release sperm even before extracting the penis.

For those who have doubts about whether or not they have become pregnant after even incomplete sexual intercourse, a test can be done at least 15 days after sexual intercourse. Or a blood beta HCG dosage after 12 days.

To avoid unwanted pregnancies it is good to choose a contraceptive method before having sexual intercourse, so that you can enjoy relationships with your partner without worries.

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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