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Birth Control - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Withdrawal Method of Birth Control?

Withdrawal is when a male pulls out of a female's vagina before he ejaculates. Ejaculation is referred to as the instant semen expels from the penis. Withdrawal is also called the pull-out method. It is also known as coitus interruptus. Withdrawal is used by over 30 million couples around the globe as a method of birth control.

How Does Withdrawal Work

During sexual intercourse, when the male feels he is just about to ejaculate, he withdraws the penis from the vagina. It can also be done at any time before he ejaculates, not just right before. Ejaculating, or coming, outside the vagina is tricky, and most males try to aim their penis far away from the female's vagina.

Males who wish to utilize the pull-out method must be in tune with their bodies to understand when they reach that point that an ejaculation cannot be stopped. It is really a fine line to balance, and there is a chance that pre-ejaculatory semen can spill out during sexual intercourse.

If you feel that withdrawal is too risky for you, there are many other contraceptive methods available. It is very important to research all the various methods beforehand.

Why Use This method?

Withdrawal can prevent pregnancy by keeping sperm out of the vagina. If there is no sperm in the vagina, a pregnancy cannot occur.

Does Withdrawal Work?

When choosing a birth control method, you will need to consider what is most effective. As is the case with all birth control methods, withdrawal is much more effective if used correctly. It is also important to note that some medical professionals do not agree that Withdrawal is an effective birth control method.

Some statistics regarding the Withdrawal method:

  • 4 out of 100 women will become pregnant each year if they always do it correctly.
  • 27 out of 100 women will become pregnant each year if they don't always do it correctly.

Pregnancy can still occur even when the male pulls out in time. As mentioned above, some medical professionals believe that pre-ejaculate can contain sperm which can cause pregnancy. This is sperm that may have been left over in the urethra from another ejaculation. One way to help this is for a male to urinate between sexual intercourse acts. This way, the urethra is cleared of any sperm, therefore increasing the effectiveness of Withdrawal.

The Withdrawal method, however, does not protect from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It is essential to use a latex condom or female condom to reduce the risk of sexual infections.

Advantages of Withdrawal

There are several advantages of Withdrawal. It is safe and painless. It is also simple, convenient and without medical or hormonal side effects. The following recaps some other advantages associated with Withdrawal:

  • Withdrawal can be used to prevent pregnancy when no other method is available.
  • There is no prescription necessary.
  • Withdrawal is free.
  • Withdrawal, when used in conjunction with other types of birth control, such as a condom, female condom or diaphragm, can be more effective.

Disadvantages of Withdrawal

As stated, it is important to be educated about all methods of birth control, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

There are risks associated with using Withdrawal as your only method of birth control. The biggest risk comes when Withdrawal is not used correctly. Below are some disadvantages of the method:

  • Withdrawal involves a lot self-control, experience, and trust
  • This method should not be exercised by males who are known to have premature ejaculations
  • Withdrawal should not be used by males who do not know when to pull-out
  • Withdrawal is not recommended to teenagers or those who are sexually inexperienced as it takes lots of experience before a male can know for sure when he is going to ejaculate


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