What Is It?
Withdrawal is when a guy removes his penis from the vagina just before
he ejaculates (also called coitus interruptus or pulling out).
How Does It Work?
Withdrawal is an attempt to keep sperm from entering the vagina
by having the guy ejaculate outside the vagina.
How Well Does It Work?
Over the course of 1 year, about 27 out of 100 typical couples who
rely on withdrawal to prevent pregnancy will have an accidental
pregnancy. Of course, this is an average figure and the chance of
getting pregnant depends on whether you use this method correctly
and every time you have sex.
Even for people who think they are doing it correctly, withdrawal
is not an effective way to prevent pregnancy. Guys leak a bit of
sperm out of the penis even before ejaculation, which means that
even if a guy pulls out before he ejaculates, a girl can still become
pregnant. If a guy ejaculates close enough to the outside of the
vagina, the sperm can swim up into the vagina. However, withdrawal
is considered a better method of contraception than none at all.
Protection Against STDs
Withdrawal does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases
(STDs). For those having sex, condoms must always be used to protect
Ultimately, consistent abstinence (not having sex) is the only
method that always prevents pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
Who Uses It?
Withdrawal is not a reliable way to prevent pregnancy and is considered
the least effective method of birth control. Most guys have a difficult
time knowing exactly when they should withdraw the penis or don't
have the willpower to pull out while they are having sex.