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- What exactly is pre-cum? Does it contain sperm?
- How much sperm is in pre-cum? Can you get pregnant from this?
- Can a male feel when pre-ejaculatory fluid is released?
- Why do I ejaculate so fast?
- How can I hide my erections?
Pre-cum (or pre-ejaculatory fluid) is the liquid that may leak out of a penis when it is erect before intercourse. It does contain sperm, which is why a condom should be put on a penis before any vaginal penetration occurs.
Pre-ejaculate is actually a sort of lubricant, so it has fewer sperm than the actual ejaculate, but more than enough to make someone pregnant because it only takes one sperm.
Most men can't feel the pre-cum coming out because it is a kind of a leak and it also cannot be avoided or controlled. Pre-cum is one reason withdrawing the penis before ejaculation or "withdrawal" is not an effective way to avoid pregnancy.
Premature ejaculation happens to a lot of boys the first few years of intercourse. It is usually due to anxiety about your performance, or just being too excited. Try to slow down, focus on your partner, and relax.
During adolescence it is not uncommon to get erections seemingly "out of the blue," or in response to sexy images or thoughts. As you get older, this will happen less often. I know of no way to hide them, but some people try wearing baggy clothes, carrying packs or books in front of them, or just staying seated until it goes away.
Additional Information: Men's Health -- Erection and Ejaculation
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