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Is there a possibility of live sperm being on my hand after i washed with cold water and bar soap and then dried my hands with a towel. i also didnt use the bathroom for another 30 minutes after that. could sperm have been transferred when i wiped?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not fertile sperm: Dried stuff on one's hands won't start a pregnancy. Washed hands won't start a pregnancy, with or without soap. Wet semen (as in fresh semen) inside a vagina can start a pregnancy... so that is the thing to prevent. If worried, a home urine pregnancy test is very reliable by 3 weeks after sex, or 1 week after missing a normal regular period, or after starting a "weird" period.

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