A TEST OF YOUR TIMING
There's no science involved in the withdrawal method, probably because it pre-dates science as we know it. It simply involves the man removing his penis from the vagina before climax. It requires a lot of self-control and trust, and therefore it can be a pretty unreliable method of contraception. Not all sperm are released when a man ejaculates, so even if he pulls out before orgasm, you could still get pregnant.
The withdrawal method involves a lot of control on the part of the man, who must be aware of when he is reaching climax so he pulls out when ejaculation can no longer be postponed. Pre-ejaculate, or 'pre-cum', contains some sperm, and as such your doctor or nurse will likely not recommend it as a method of contraception.
How it Measures Up
EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE
The withdrawal method is self-directed and when done perfectly and in a timely manner, every time, it can be effective at preventing pregnancy. However, a perfect performance is relatively unlikely.View ’Typical’ Use Efficacy Rate
EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE
The withdrawal method is self-directed and has an enormous amount of room for human error. It is less effective than other methods of contraception.View ’Perfect’ Use Efficacy Rate
No. Withdrawal is hormone-free.
Ease of Use
Withdrawal needs to be performed during intercourse, each time you have sex.
Withdrawal has no impact on menstruation.
Washing or douching the vagina after sex will not reduce the risk of pregnancy. However, it is a good idea to bathe and wash any ejaculate off your body after sex.
Since the efficacy of the withdrawal method is so low, and since fertility is at its highest in the few days before and after ovulation, it is not recommended to use the withdrawal method as the only method of contraception during this time.
Yes. It takes a single sperm to fertilize an egg, and some are released before orgasm. Also, sperm can survive for up to 6 hours outside the body, and they can be transferred to the vagina by other means and still cause pregnancy.
To pull out correctly, the man must withdraw his penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation, ensuring that no ejaculate makes contact with, or gets near, the vagina. Sperm are able to survive for up to 6 hours outside the body, so it is important to ensure no ejaculate makes contact with the vagina in this time. Since some sperm are released prior to orgasm, the withdrawal method is not the most reliable method of contraception because it is not easy to ensure no sperm enter the vagina.
It is possible, as pre-ejaculation contains sperm.
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The percentage women in unions who use withdrawal as their primary contraceptive.
A sperm is all it takes to fertilize an egg.
The length of time sperm can live outside the body.
- It’s hormone-free and can be an option for women who experience unwanted effects from hormones.
- It can be used when breastfeeding.
- It’s self-directed.
- It requires the male partner to have perfect timing to be at all effective, which can be risky.
- It interrupts sex.
- It doesn’t protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
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