FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Sometimes people are too embarrassed, too busy, or just don’t know the right questions. The questions on this page should cover a lot of aspects of what you need to know though.

WITHDRAWAL METHOD

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.

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.

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.

How effective is the withdrawal method work?

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.

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