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PULL-OUT METHOD (WITHDRAWAL METHOD)

How does the withdrawal method work?

The withdrawal method, also known as pulling out or coitus interruptus works just like this: the guy pulls out his penis before he ejaculates. The idea is that not ejaculating inside the vagina will prevent pregnancy.
But as some sperms may already be released before ejaculation it is not the best idea we’d say. Although this method may be popular, it doesn’t really work: Even when applied successfully, 78 percent – that is 22 of every 100 women – using this as their contraception method will become pregnant over a year. There are plenty of other more reliable contraception methods out there!

Are any sexual positions better than others when using the withdrawal method aka “pulling out”?

Withdrawal is also called coitus interruptus or "pulling out" 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 also known as withdrawal or “pulling out”?

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 aka “pulling out” 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 also known as “pulling out” or coitus interruptus is only 78% successful, it would be best to avoid having sexual relations during this time.

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

Yes! Because it just takes a single sperm to fertilize an egg, and any one of these fast swimmers entering the vagina can make its way to meet one. Even when your partner pulls out "correctly", which means he pulls out his penis before ejaculation, he can release some sperm before he comes. And that of course can get you pregnant. Also, sperm can survive for up to 6 hours outside the 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 an egg.
And to bring the point home: pulling out correctly is no easy feat; neither is it fail-safe. Even "withdrawal kings" – guys who always pull out in time, fall prey to that 22% pregnancy rate (which is very high compared to other methods of contraception).

How to pull out correctly?

To pull out correctly, the guy has to exactly know when he’s about to reach orgasm and to pull out in time, so that no ejaculate contacts the vagina or its proximate regions. It requires a lot of self-control and practice, and can always go wrong.
Sperm are able to survive up to 6 hours outside of the body and they have only one thought in their little heads: find the egg and fertilize it. As these strong swimmers are also released before ejaculation, the withdrawal method or pulling out is a risky game.

Can everybody use the withdrawal method aka “pulling out”?

Withdrawal or “pulling out” requires men to have good self-control. A man must be able and willing to pull out 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.

How effective is the withdrawal method, aka “pulling out”?

Let’s just say if you’re not ready to be a mom, this method shouldn’t be your first choice. Withdrawal, by which the guy pulls out before he ejaculates, is not an effective contraception method. Even when applied successfully, and the man pulls out in time, 78 percent – or 22 of every 100 women – using this as their contraception method will become pregnant over a year. And you can bet: it’s not always easy to pull out in time!
It’s not just that the guy can get overexcited and lose control – many men release sperm before ejaculation. And remember: it just takes one sperm to fertilize an egg...

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