Can I get pregnant from anal sex?

Someone asked us:

I’m still a virgin, virgin but yesterday I had tried protected anal sex for the first time. 2 out of the 3 condoms have broke, and he had came.. After he changed one of the condoms he put it back in and started to finger me. He’s also afraid that cum may have dripped off of my back, down on to my vagina. Is there any possible way I’m pregnant?! I’m kind of freaking out.

Don’t freak out: you can’t get pregnant from having anal sex. The only way you can get pregnant is if semen gets inside your vagina. If there’s a chance that happened (and it sounds like maybe it did) and you don’t want to get pregnant, you can take emergency contraception (also known as the morning-after pill). Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. The sooner you take it, the more effective it is.

It’s also important to know that unprotected anal sex carries just as much of a risk of STDs as unprotected vaginal sex. So if a condom breaks during anal sex, talk to a health care provider or your nearest Planned Parenthood health center about STD testing. While you’re there you can also talk about getting started on birth control so you won’t have to worry about pregnancy!

- Emily at Planned Parenthood