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The Withdrawal Method requires no additional hormones or devices, just impeccable timing and a lot of luck.

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

78% Info

Withdrawal
Method

Use it right!

78%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

96%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately %s out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately %s out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.


Source: Trussell J. Contraceptive Efficacy. Efficacy at typical and correct use figures. In: Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Nelson AL, Cates W, Kowal D, Policar M. Contraceptive Technology: Twentieth Revised Edition. New York NY: Ardent Media, 2011.

REGIMEN

EVERY TIME Info

Withdrawal
Method

Do it properly.

The withdrawal method must be used, before your partner ejaculates, every single time you have sex. It’s extremely unreliable and only limits the chances of any sperm reaching the egg.

Benefits

  • No costs
  • Spontaneous

    INTERRUPTING THE FUN

    The Withdrawal Method doesn’t really have a science bit to share with you, in fact, it’s probably been around since before we had a word for science. Withdrawal is also called coitus interruptus or the "pull out method" and it requires great self-control, experience, and trust, and as such, it is pretty unreliable. It works, some of the time, by the man taking his penis out of the vagina before he ejaculates, limiting the chances of any sperm reaching the egg. However, not all sperm are released at climax, some are a little more eager than that, so even though you don’t finish off, you could still finish up pregnant.

    Withdrawal Method
    How to use the Withdrawal Method

    HOW TO

    The Withdrawal Method really isn’t rocket science, the man withdraws from inside you before climax to minimize the risk of sperm entering the vagina and therefore reaching the egg. The key word is minimize, sperm still escape, and escaped sperm can still fertilize eggs. Men who use the withdrawal method must be able to know when they are reaching the point in sexual excitement when ejaculation can no longer be stopped or postponed. If you cannot predict this moment accurately, withdrawal will not be as effective. Even if a man pulls out in time, pregnancy can still happen. Some experts believe that pre-ejaculate, or pre-cum, can pick up enough sperm left in the urethra from a previous ejaculation to cause pregnancy.

    This is not a method that would be recommended by healthcare providers, or by the millions of people who tried it, put an early stop to the fun, and got unplanned pregnant anyway.

    PROS AND CONS

    • It isn’t affected by other medications
    • It can be used when breastfeeding
    • Hormone free
    • It’s extremely unreliable
    • It interrupts sex
    • Does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    GIRLS TALK

    LEARN HOW TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH:

    Your HCP

    Your HCP

    Your healthcare provider knows the subject better than anyone; get the right answers for you

    Your Parents

    Your Parents

    They know you better than anyone, and they’ve been through it too

    Your Partner

    Your Partner

    You’re in this together, and not just in the bedroom, be honest

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Are any sexual positions better than others when using the withdrawal method?

    Withdrawal is also called coitus interruptus or the "pull out method" and it requires great self-control, experience, and trust, and as such, it is pretty unreliable. It works, some of the time, by taking the penis out of the vagina before you ejaculate, limiting the chances of any sperm reaching the egg. With each ejaculation you are releasing up to 400 Million sperms. However, not all sperm are released at climax, some are a little more eager than that and can survive inside a woman`s uterus for up to five days, so even though you don’t finish off, you could still finish up making her pregnant.

    Will douching help to prevent pregnancy after coitus interruptus?

    No not all, however it is far better to bathe and make sure that anything with ejaculate on it does not get near the vagina within one to six hours, their known lifespan outside the body.

    Will the withdrawal method work even when ovulating?

    Since a woman is most fertile in the few days prior to or after ovulation, it is never suggested that she have sexual intercourse during that time if she does not wish to get pregnant. Even the most foolproof methods of contraception do have a miniscule failure rate and as the withdrawal method is only 78% successful, it would be best to avoid having sexual relations during this time.

    How effective is the withdrawal method?

    Withdrawal is less effective than most other contraceptive methods. As commonly used, it is only 78 percent effective, meaning that 22 of every 100 women whose partners use withdrawal will become pregnant over a year.

    Can everybody use the withdrawal method?

    Withdrawal requires men to have good self-control. A man must be able and willing to withdraw the penis and ejaculate outside the woman’s body. If he does not withdraw before ejaculating, his partner may become pregnant. Also, a small amount of semen may be released into the vagina before the full ejaculation, possibly without the man realizing it. Even this small amount of semen may contain enough sperm to possibly cause a pregnancy and to transmit STIs/HIV.

    Can I get pregnant even if my partner pulls out correctly?

    Even if you trust your partner to perform the pull out method correctly, any time that sperm are allowed to enter the vagina there is a chance that a pregnancy could result. Sperm can be viable for a short period of 6 hours outside the male body, for example on hands. Once the sperm have been transferred into the woman, through foreplay or other means, it is possible for them to reach the uterus if they are aided by the female’s bodily fluids. It can also happen more easily if sperm left in the urethra from a previous ejaculation are expelled into the female with pre-ejaculate fluids.