7 Important Things To Know About The Pull-Out Method

If you’re considering having sex, your sex ed classes will hopefully have taught you that there are a few different birth control methods. There are some that are more effective than others. There are actually some that really aren’t considered safe and have a chance of getting people pregnant. I recently talked about the rhythm calendar method. Today, I’m going to be talking about the pull-out method.

The withdrawal method isn’t talked about as much as condoms, birth control pills, or even IUDs, If you’re looking for more information on it and want to know how effective it is, you’ve come to the right place. Look at the facts and seriously consider whether it’s something that you want to do. Click through the gallery to see seven important things about the pull-out method.


It's Sometimes Referred To As The Pull-Out Method

One sex term can have a lot of different names. You might know the withdrawal method as the pull-out method or even the pull-out withdrawal method. There are other nicknames, but I'm going to stick with the official and more medical terms here. If you're wondering what it  actually is, it's where a guy pulls his penis out before ejaculating, hopefully minimizing the chances of pregnancy.

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It Not The Most Effective Method

Planned Parenthood reports that the withdrawal method is 78 percent effective. That might sound alright, but it has to be done perfectly and we know that humans aren't perfect. What's more, they state that out of 100 women who use the pull-out method *perfectly,* four will get pregnant.

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Some People Use It With Other Birth Control Methods

Some people use the withdrawal method as their only form of contraception. It's better than doing nothing, but it's a lot better when combined with other birth control methods like The Pill, condoms, and IUDs. You would use the previously mentioned birth control options and still have your partner remove his penis before he ejaculates.

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Pre-Cum Can Get You Pregnant

One big reason why the withdrawal method can fail is that people don't take into consideration pre-cum or pre-ejaculate. It's exactly what it sounds like. It's where the penis emits a bit of semen prior to full ejaculation. If that penis is still in the vagina or around the vulva, you can wind up pregnant. Semen can also live outside out the body for up to five days which is why even a few drops can cause problems.

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Your Partner Needs To Pull Out And Away

One of the key things to doing the pull-out method perfectly is that your partner removes his penis from your vagina and moves it somewhere else. If his peen is still near your vag, you could get pre-cum or semen on you. Women's Health points out that the first few drops of semen contain the most amount of sperm so you definitely don't want those anywhere near you. It only takes one strong swimmer to end up pregnant.

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It Doesn't Protect You From STDs

If you're just using the withdrawal method and nothing else, you're putting yourself at risk of getting STDs. It's not semen that spreads STDs. There are STDs that can be spread just from skin-to-skin contact, including herpes. There are also some STDs that are carried in pre-cum. So, be safe and always use a condom. You'll be better protected from STDs and pregnancy.

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If You Mess Up, You Have Five Days To Get Emergency Birth Control

If you tried the withdrawal method and ended up with semen on or around your vagina, you have up to five days to get emergency contraception. That might seem like a long time, but it's not if you don't realize it. If you are just a bit concerned about pre-cum or ejaculate, don't procrastinate. Go to your doctor ASAP.

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