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Does A Girl Have To Have An Orgasm To Get Pregnant?

Published: December 04, 2013
Dear Does A Girl Have To Have An Orgasm To Get Pregnant?,

I heard that if a girl doesn't have an orgasm during sex then that means she can't get pregnant. Is that true?


Dear Does A Girl Have To Have An Orgasm To Get Pregnant?,

That is 100% false. There is a no connection whatsoever between a woman having an orgasm and a woman getting pregnant. Pregnancy is caused by the female’s egg being fertilized by the male’s sperm – and this can happen with or without the woman having an orgasm.

For more information on what can and can’t cause pregnancy, read Planned Parenthood’s article How Pregnancy Happens.

If you are sexually active, or are considering becoming sexually active, please speak to your doctor about the best methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs. At a minimum this should include using a condom each and every time you have sex. It is often recommended to use a back-up method of birth control as well such as the pill or patch. But your doctor will be able to make the best recommendations for you.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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