Birth Control | WithdrawalWithdrawal

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.

Disclaimer: This website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.