Schedule Today

Is It Possible to Get Pregnant Through Anal Sex?

The decision to have sex often requires communication in order to establish boundaries and precautions. The level of enjoyment a couple feels from sexual activity tends to vary. And it’s important for the action to be consensual and free of pressure. Some women find alternative methods of intercourse to be uncomfortable when compared to vaginal sex. And since your feelings are important, you may want to tell your partner if you are not interested in engaging in a particular activity. If you and your partner were hoping to avoid an unexpected pregnancy by having anal sex, but you’ve begun to experience possible pregnancy symptoms, you may want to gather information. While it’s unlikely that you will become pregnant from anal sex, this form of intercourse can carry risks you may want to learn more about.

Are you worried you may be pregnant despite you and your partner taking precautions? Avenue Women’s Center understands the frustration and confusion that can arise when your pregnancy prevention method fails. We’re here to offer you support within a confidential environment. We provide free, medical-grade pregnancy tests to confirm your suspicions. You can also meet with our expert staff for a private consultation about your options. At each of our six locations in DuPage County, we supply reliable information about abortion, adoption, and parenting, listening to your unique concerns as we walk you through each potential decision.

Contact us today to receive answers to your pregnancy-related questions!

How Can a Pregnancy Result From Anal Sex?

It’s rare for a woman to become pregnant if she and her partner did not have vaginal sex. So, it’s understandable that you may feel shocked if you’ve noticed a missed period or other pregnancy signs. Before you make a decision or think about how to communicate the news to your partner, it’s recommended you take a test first to confirm. If it comes back positive, you may be wondering how it’s possible for you to have become pregnant from anal sex, and what you should do next.

It’s normal to be confused when faced with a situation you thought you had taken steps to avoid. You and your partner didn’t have sex in a manner that typically leads to pregnancy, so “how did this happen?” is something you may be asking yourself.

As you may be aware, your fertility window usually lasts for a period of three to seven days once every month. Having intercourse during this period is most likely to result in conception. But how can this be if your partner’s sperm did not appear to be anywhere near your vagina?

Well, fertilization generally only requires one single sperm in order to occur. It’s possible that while engaging in sexual intercourse, a bit of sperm slipped inside your vaginal canal. Because pre-cum sometimes leaks from a man’s penis prior to ejaculation, there’s also a chance that any vaginal penetration leading up to anal sex led to an unexpected pregnancy.

This may seem like a lot of information to process. But you do not have to do research on your own. If you suspect you may be pregnant after anal sex, you may want to consider reaching out to a healthcare provider or a pregnancy consultant. These reliable resources can provide you with information. Since it’s normal to have a lot of questions at this time, they can listen to your valid concerns and ensure you receive answers.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Anal Sex?

Anal sex often carries a higher risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) than vaginal intercourse. This is because the lining of your rectum is reported to be thin and delicate. This renders it susceptible to possible tearing and bleeding. In turn, this can allow viruses or bacteria to enter your body. So, even if you or your partner do not have a serious infection, a urinary tract infection can be a potential result of the presence of feces.

You may feel confident that you do not have an STD after having anal sex. But it’s possible to have one without experiencing immediate symptoms. While you might have intended to focus on sorting through your pregnancy options, the potential health risks linked to this form of intercourse means you may want to inquire about where you can go for testing. If left untreated, an STD may lead to further complications. And a procedure such as abortion may cause bacteria to spread and worsen.

Where Can I Go for Help?  

You may feel an assortment of emotions right now, and the overwhelming nature of your circumstances can make it difficult to make a decision that will benefit you. Try not to shoulder the burden of everything, as help is available to you. Though a lot of things may seem unclear at the moment, professional resources are here to offer you assistance and guidance when it comes to talking through your choices.

Do you feel uncertain about what your next steps should be after learning about a potential unexpected pregnancy? Avenue Women’s Center can meet with you for a private consultation to talk you through your options, as well as provide you with limited medical services and referrals.

Reach out today for accurate information and support at no cost!



Reviewed by Patricia Kuenzi, APN-CNP, MSN, ANP, PNP.w

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.