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Pull Out (Withdrawal)? Here’s How To Do It Correctly And Its Effectiveness In Birth Control

The pull out method, also known as the withdrawal method, is a way to prevent pregnancy.

Although not reliable, it’s a better option than taking no precautions. It’s also an option for couples who are open to the possibility of pregnancy.

As the name implies, in pulling out, one partner takes his penis out of the other partner’s vagina before he ejaculates. By doing this, fewer sperm travel through the vagina and cervix. The male partner can then deposit the sperm anywhere else.

Although this may sound easy, it does require control and timing. If the male partner can’t feel that he’s about to ejaculate or if he’s too caught up in the moment, he might not pull out in time.

Whether pulling out is a legitimate form of birth control is the topic of extensive debate. However, it does lower the likelihood of pregnancy to some extent. If you want to avoid getting pregnant and catching an STI, the safest option would be using a condom and pulling out simultaneously.

For the pull-out method to work correctly, it has to be done right every time you have intercourse. Before the male partner orgasms, he should pull his penis from the female partner’s vagina and ejaculate elsewhere. This is essential, as even a small amount of semen can lead to pregnancy.

Use a spermicide cream, gel, or foam to kill the sperm before they can swim toward the uterus. Place the spermicide deep in the vagina, close to the cervix. Follow the instructions to make sure spermicide is applied properly before sex.

Before intercourse, have your partner pee to clear out any sperm.

After your partner ejaculates, make sure there’s no semen on your upper thighs or groin. Sperm on these areas of your body may migrate inside your vagina.

Does pulling out work? How effective is the pull-out method when done correctly?

For the pull-out method to be effective, both partners should keep sperm away from the vulva and vagina every time they have sex. Pull-out method statistics show that out of 100 women who use the pull-out method perfectly, four will get pregnant. In general, 27 women whose partners pull out get pregnant out of 100. (To compare, roughly 15 out of 100 couples who use condoms get pregnant.) Couples who don’t use any birth control method have an 85-percent chance of pregnancy.

In general, the pull-out method is unreliable, and health care providers consider it ineffective compared to other options.

Birth control pills protect against unwanted pregnancy. These pills can be up to 99.9 percent effective when taken correctly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mini pills and combination pills have seven-percent failure rates with typical use. This means that seven out of 100 women will get pregnant while using birth control pills.

Although birth control pills are statistically more effective than pulling out, there’s no harm in using both. However, birth control pills and the pull-out method can’t prevent the spread of STIs.

 

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