Withdrawal

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stop signWithdrawal (also called “pull out” method” is when the male withdraws his penis completely from the woman’s vagina before he ejaculates (releases many sperm all at once).

Withdrawal is a risky method of contraception because it’s not easy to prevent ejaculation in the vagina- it takes a lot of practice and a great deal of self-control. Even if a male can tell when he is about to ejaculate or “come”, the fluid that is released (from the penis) before ejaculation can contain sperm from a previous ejaculation.

Out of 100 women using withdrawal
Typical use: 27 women become pregnant icon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant woman
Perfect use: 4 women become pregnant icon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant womanicon representing less than 1 pregnant woman

Does the withdrawal method work?

If men use the withdrawal method every time they have sexual intercourse and do it perfectly every time, it’s possible to be 96% effective in preventing pregnancy. This means that if 100 women use the withdrawal method all the time and always do it perfectly (which is almost impossible), 4 women will become pregnant in a year.

The problem with the withdrawal method is: perfect use hardly ever happens. So the withdrawal method is really only 73% effective. This means that if 100 typical women use the withdrawal method, at least 27 women will become pregnant in a year.

Withdrawal does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.