I have read that there is something called "splash pregnancy" which is when you get pregnant without having penetration. So far I have only found anecdotal stories about it, but is there any documented case? If so, what are the chances?

  • surely you don't propose a test... – picakhu Jun 11 '12 at 17:21
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    Can we remove refences to “virgin”? It doesn’t seem relevant and I dislike it as a qualifier since definitions differ (a lot!). For instance, your question seems to assume that it means “no vaginal penetration” but there are other, just as valid, definitions. – Konrad Rudolph Jun 14 '12 at 12:55

Unlikely but possible according to http://www.americanpregnancy.org/preventingpregnancy/pregnancyfaqmyths.html

Can sperm travel through clothing or material? If the clothing was completely saturated with semen and was in direct contact with a woman’s vagina, there is a very slight chance the sperm could enter the vagina, but this is highly unlikely. No conclusive studies have been found to give a definite answer on this possibility.

While I can't find any cited cases, it seems that it's physiologically possible with close contact - ejaculation directly on or near the vaginal area, or ejaculation spread onto the vaginal area by clothing. Sperm loses potency quickly outside the body.

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    How exactly does one conduct such a study? The only feasible thing i can think of is animal studies. – Charlie Flowers Jun 13 '12 at 21:00
  • Possible, but the chances would be millions less than normal insemination – Ben Brocka Jun 25 '12 at 16:55
  • @Charlie Flowers: after-the-fact reports? – nico Jun 25 '12 at 17:20

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