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Are you thinking of postponing pregnancy for a while and you are not sure what type of birth control to use? Many people who have issues with contraceptives or using condoms, start looking into a natural birth control method known as the pull-out method. Before going all-in, here’s what you need to know about the pull-out method:
What is the pull-out method?
Pull out is a form of birth control where the partner removes his penis from a woman’s vagina before they ejaculate. In most cases, this ejaculation contains sperm which if released into the vagina, can potentially lead to pregnancy. By “pulling out” before having an orgasm and preventing the ejaculation from reaching a woman’s vagina, it theoretically prevents the sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs and conceiving. Many partners use this method as a birth control method.
Is the ‘pull-out’ method effective?
While the ‘pull-out’ method has some effectiveness, 1-5 women get pregnant by using this type of birth control. That’s around 78% effectiveness. One of the biggest reasons why the pull-out method is faulty is because people do not consider one important factor: precum and how long a sperm can survive outside the vagina.
For starters, the question you need an answer to is: can you get pregnant from precum?
The answer is YES!
Many people think that the pull-out method is safe as they prevent the sperm from reaching their vagina. But what about precum? How can you control that no precum reaches your vagina? When a male is feeling pleasure, it is very likely that they start secreting precum from their penis, even before they start orgasming. This precum still contains sperm and can lead to pregnancy.
Advantages of the pull-out method:
- Better than doing nothing
- It does not interfere with hormones
- It is a convenient strategy when you do not have a condom
- It has no side effects or health risks
Disadvantages of the pull-out method
Not only is it not very effective and can lead to pregnancy, but the withdrawal method also isn’t a good option because:
- It takes a lot of control for the man to pull out before ejaculation.
- The woman has no control over it at all.
- You may feel that it gets in the way of sexual pleasure.
- Even if they pee before sex, the man can still release fluid before they ejaculate. This pre-ejaculate contains sperm.
- Can lead to pregnancy.
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