The pull-out method can guard against unwanted or unprepared for pregnancy but the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) exists as bodily fluids get exchanged.
The pull-out method is about 70% effective. About one in five people who rely on the pull-out method for birth control become pregnant.
How effective is the pull-out method?
In the best-case scenario, where your partner pulls out on time, the pull-out method still doesn’t prevent pregnancy 100% of the time.
The truth is that for best-case situations, many things must go flawlessly. There is no guarantee that the next time won’t result in pregnancy, even if you have used the pull-out technique for years without getting pregnant thus far. All it takes is for your partner to make one small error in judgment.
There’s a lot of room for error with the pull-out method
First of all, it can be challenging to predict the precise moment when ejaculation will occur. Ejaculation typically, though not always, occurs just before orgasm, at the height of sexual ecstasy.
It can be challenging to switch on the logical part of the brain that says, now’s the time to pull out, when the pleasure is most intense.
If your partner isn’t sexually experienced, they may not be familiar enough with their bodies to know when they’ll likely ejaculate.
Even with experienced partners who can usually predict when they’ll ejaculate, distractions like stress or the influence of alcohol can lead to mistakes.
Getting the timing just right is always a gamble with the pull-out method
Also, sperm can still enter your body even if your partner pulls out on time. Before ejaculation, your partner releases a pre-ejaculate fluid that may contain sperm. This fluid doesn’t have as much sperm as semen, but it may still contain sperm.
Pre-ejaculate that contains sperm can get you pregnant if the fluid enters your body.
Finally, semen on your upper thighs and genitals can potentially cause pregnancy, too. Your partner may pull out in time to keep sperm from entering your vagina. In the process, the fluid can land on your genitals (vulva) or upper thighs.
Sperm are excellent swimmers. If there’s a fluid passageway leading from your genitals or thighs to your vagina, sperm can make the journey.
It’s is better to note these tips about withdrawal method:
1. Use an additional birth control
2. Don’t practice pull outs during ovulation
3. Keep emergency contraceptives at hand
4. Have your partner pee after sex.
Withdrawal or pull out method is better than no birth control at all if you’re trying to prevent pregnancy. However, it’s important to know the risks.
There’s a still a possibility you’ll become pregnant if you’re not complementing the method with a more effective form of contraception. You’ll still need to protect yourself against STIs.
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