Can You Get Pregnant If You Have Sex With A Tampon In?

Dear Heather,

My period is a little bit late and I’m really freaking out. The last time I was on my period, I had unsafe sex with my boyfriend and he ejaculated inside of me. Except, because I was on my period, I had a tampon in. Could the tampon have stopped the sperm from going in? It was a large tampon, but I was pretty loose since my boyfriend and I have sex a lot. Could it have gotten in anyway? What are my chances of getting pregnant? Please answer.

Every time you have unprotected sex, you put yourself at risk of getting pregnant – even if you have your period, and yes, even if you have a tampon in. The only thing that can stop sperm from getting to where it wants to go is a condom.

Your down there area consists of three holes: the urethra, the vagina, and the anus. The urethra is the hole you pee out of, and it’s very tiny. The vagina is where your period blood comes from, where you put a tampon, and where you have sex. So, if he ejaculated in your vagina, the tampon isn’t going to soak up the sperm – it will manage to get around it. 

A common myth is that you can’t get pregnant when you’re on your period. This isn’t true! Getting pregnant when you’re on your period is unlikely, but it’s definitely not impossible. That’s why it’s important to use protection all the time, not just some of the time. To answer your question, yes, it’s possible for you to be pregnant right now. If your period is more than a week late, you can head to the drugstore to get a pregnancy test to see what happens.

From now on, please always make sure you’re using a condom or using another form of birth control. Also, be careful about having sex with a large tampon in. Since both of those things are happening in the same area, it could hurt you down there. It’s totally fine to have sex on your period, but if you’re going to do that, you may want to take the tampon out and just use a condom. Oh, and one more thing – another common myth is that having sex a lot makes your vagina “loose.” This is not true. Your vagina is a muscle. It stretches, but it doesn’t stay that way. So please don’t think that!

take care,

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  • Icy Wu

    Omg this helps, even though I don’t plan on having sex.