- Birth control
What is the withdrawal (pull out) method?
Withdrawal is the oldest form of birth control on the planet. There’s not much to explain, really. The guy pulls out before he ejaculates. End of story. Some people call withdrawal the “pull out method.” Or you may hear people call it “coitus interruptus.” The key thing to remember is this: You’ve got to do it right—every single time—for withdrawal to be effective. And how many guys do you know with that kind of total control?
Somewhat effective, but depends on your guy always pulling out in time. Always.
Perfect use: 96% effective
Typical use: 80% effective
What does perfect vs typical use mean?
No hormones, no devices, no side effects.
Has to happen every single time you have sex.
Easy to get
Nothing to get—except your guy’s cooperation.
It might be for you if…
You wouldn’t mind getting pregnant
The “typical use” failure rate for withdrawal is around 20%. That’s pretty darn high. So if getting pregnant would be disastrous for you, think about another method.
Your partner has super control
You can use it with another method
At least it’s cheap
Withdrawal is certainly better than nothing, and it has the distinct advantage of being completely free.
No prescription necessary
Enough said, eh?
Don’t take our word for it. Check out the videos above to hear people talk about their experiences with withdrawal.
How do you use it?
The withdrawal method is totally dependent on your partner and his self-control. He’s got to make sure he pulls out before he ejaculates AND he’s got to keep his semen away from your vulva when he does. So it’s really important that your partner understands his own sexual response patterns.
But let’s be real for a minute. What if he’s had a few drinks? Or you’re both just totally lost in the moment? Or what if he miscalculates his, uh, excitement?
Withdrawal is always better than nothing—but it’s pretty darn risky if you’re serious about not getting pregnant.
How much does it cost?
Withdrawal is a method that is totally free, but risky. While you won’t have to spend anything to use it, you have to do it correctly every single time for it to work.
What are the side effects and benefits?
There are positive and negative things to say about each and every method. And everyone’s different—so what you experience may not be the same as what your friend experiences.
- As inexpensive as it gets
- No prescription necessary.
- The only side effect of withdrawal is very real possibility of having a baby before you’re ready
- Difficult to perform perfectly every single time
- Hard to remember to do if you’re drunk
You might want to use a spermicide along with pulling out to make withdrawal more effective.