I’m Using The Withdrawal Method & Birth Control Pills. Am I Protected From STDs?

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If I’m on birth control and use the pull out method. I can’t get pregnant, right? Which STDs could I still get?

ChickRx expert Dr. Mandi Beman, Ob/Gyn says:

First, you are correct. If you are on the birth control pill and using the pull out method, your chance of pregnancy is very low, as long as you are taking your birth control pills correctly.

To be clear, I’m not saying that the pull out method, which is removing the penis from the vagina before ejaculation, is adequate birth control. This method involves a lot of control on the guy’s part and frankly, many teen boys don’t know their bodies well enough to know when to withdraw without ejaculating. Out of 100 women who use the pull out method, 27 get pregnant within a year, per Planned Parenthood. That’s a mighty big percentage!

What I’m saying is that using the birth control pill effectively along with the withdrawal method, like you mentioned in your question, should keep you safe pregnancy-wise.

Ok, on to the second part of your question–STD protection. Neither birth control pills nor the withdrawal method protect you against STDs at all. So you are still at risk for contacting any and all STDs, which include chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, HPV, genital warts, HIV and syphilis. This list goes on and on and isn’t pretty. STDs are no joke and you want to avoid them. So please, be safe and wear a condom.

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  • George

    Direct Quote from Planned Parenthood:

    Of every 100 women whose partners use withdrawal, 4 will become pregnant each year if they always do it correctly.
    Of every 100 women whose partners use withdrawal, 27 will become pregnant each year if they don’t always do it correctly.

    Lets try to be accurate when giving advice.

  • liz

    yes when I started dong it we used to have so much unprotected sex. I am on the pill now!! never had a preg scare

  • startedEarly

    I started sex when I was 12 and my bf who was a lot more experienced and way older used to do that. I hadn’t started my periods and he said even if he cummed inside me I would be safe. I know he did a few times and thankfully I didnt fall pregnant. We now use condoms since my periods started and I am on the pill too.