Withdrawal, also known as the “pull out method,” is when an individual takes their penis out of a vagina before ejaculation. This, in theory, “stops” the sperm from reaching the egg. This method requires a lot of self control and can be hard to do when caught up in the moment. Best when used with another birth control method.
Pre-ejaculation can contain sperm, which could cause pregnancy even if this method is done perfectly.
80% typical use
96% effective when done perfectly
Things you may like about withdrawal:
- No barriers are between you and your partner
- You do not need to purchase anything and do not need a prescription
- Readily available method
- Surprisingly effective, but only if done perfectly
Things you may dislike about withdrawal:
- May not work for couples with sexual dysfunction such as premature ejaculation
- Requires communication and self control
Nothing at all!
Does it protect against STIs?
No. Withdrawal does not protect from STIs. Use condoms to reduce the spread of STIs.
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