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It's unlikely that a woman will get pregnant from anal sex. The anus is not connected to the female reproductive tract in any way. However, under certain conditions, pregnancy could occur. It's possible for semen to drip from the anus into the vagina, which would allow the sperm to travel up the vaginal cavity and possibly fertilize an egg.

Is It Possible to Get Pregnant From Anal Sex? -- An Overview

Getting pregnant from anal sex is unlikely, although the possibility does exist. To understand this, let's briefly talk about how pregnancy occurs.
For pregnancy to occur, the sperm, which are in the semen, must enter the vagina, travel up through the cervix, into the uterus, and then into the fallopian tube to meet up with the egg. Once this happens, the sperm must fertilize the egg, and the resulting blastocyst (fertilized egg) must travel down the fallopian tube and implant in the uterus.
Sperm are able to enter the vagina when ejaculation or pre-ejaculation occurs inside or near the vagina. During anal sex, ejaculation occurs in the anus -- which is not connected in any way to the female reproductive tract (i.e., vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes). But any time semen comes in contact with the vagina, such as by dripping from the anus during anal sex, there is a possibility of becoming pregnant. The odds are not high, as the sperm would have to stay alive after dripping out of the anus and making their way up into the vaginal cavity, but the possibility is still there.

Pregnancy and Anal Sex

While the chances of getting pregnant from anal sex are slim, there are some other things to consider to stay healthy when having anal sex:
  • Anal sex has a higher rate of STD transmission, including HIV/AIDS -- make sure to use a condom.
  • After anal sex, make sure that your partner does not put his penis in your vagina until his penis has been cleaned off. If it is not washed after being in the anal area, it can lead to a urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • To avoid a painful experience, try using a lubricant.
If you are looking for a way to avoid pregnancy, anal sex is not a sure thing. However, the risk of pregnancy is low.
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