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Chances of pregnancy from splashing of semen from toilet.

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This is more of a question than a consultation.

This question is embarrassing, and I'm struggling with anxiety over this and looking for an answer to help me with reassurance and to ease worrying- I struggle with OCD tendencies.

If semen was released into a toilet, but then the inside of the toilet bowl was briefly wiped down with toilet paper and the toilet was flushed once or twice, is there a chance that a woman could use the toilet soon after and get pregnant if a drop of water in the toilet happened to splash up and hit the vagina? This assumes that maybe some semen didn't get flushed all the way out.

I'm pretty sure it is not at all possible but am looking for a real answer. Thank you.

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Category: Infertility Specialist
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Thanks for writing to with your health concern.
Pregnancy is IMPOSSIBLE in the way you describe. I say this in all my professional capacity and am willing to testify on it!
Hope that reassures you. For a pregnancy to occur, vaginal penetrative sex should occur with ejaculate of semen.
Considering what you are saying, it is IMPOSSIBLE, I repeat that again.
Please stop worrying about it now that you have a professional opinion.
All the best & Please feel free to discuss further.

Patient replied :

Thank you for your answer, and this is very reassuring hearing from a doctor.
Just for clarification: the vagina must be penetrated for pregnancy to occur? So the water that might include a small amount of semen that splashes on the surface of the vagina cannot lead to any pregnancy?
Thank you again.

Yes penetrative intercourse is required for pregnancy to occur.
Other ways are not possible because certain amount of minimum volume of semen has to go inside the vagina and then travel up all the way to the ovaries to meet the ovum and fertilize.
In your case, there is absolutely no chances of pregnancy. Even if the water splashed into the vaginal surface, there is NO CHANCE of pregnancy.
Hope you will stop being worried about it now.

Patient replied :

Thank you.
Can pregnancy from a toilet even happen at all? Even from the seat? I'm pretty sure the answer is no but it is something I want to ask once and for all so I stop thinking about it.
Thank you again- this will be my last follow-up question.

No there is no way pregnancy can occur like that.
It can only happen via penetrative vaginal sex.
Please do not worry about this anymore.

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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