Withdrawal/Pulling Out: May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor!

Coitus Interruptus, better known as pulling out or withdrawal, is when the man withdraws his penis from the woman’s vagina right before he ejaculates in order to prevent pregnancy.  Initially, this may seem like a great form of birth control.  Although withdrawal may be considered free, natural, and readily available, typical use of the withdrawal method results in about 27 pregnancies per 100 women each year.  Even though the withdrawal method’s effectiveness might appear to offer better odds than the chance of winning the Hunger Games, its effectiveness as a form of contraception is very limited.

Failure rates for withdrawal methods may even be higher in sexually inexperienced men, who may not know when they are about to climax.  Even if the man successfully withdraws before climax, sperm could already be inside of the vagina.  When a man becomes sexually aroused, he emits pre-ejaculate fluid, commonly known as pre-cum.  Some experts believe that that pre-cum picks up sperm that was on the urethra from a previous ejaculation.  Remember  – it only takes one sperm to impregnate a woman.

Additionally, withdrawal offers NO PROTECTION from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) since pre-cum often carries agents that cause a number of STDs.  Even barrier methods, such as female and male condoms , only reduce, but do not eliminate, the risk of STDs.  Abstinence, which is 100% effective, is the only method in which the odds against unintended pregnancy and STDs will always be in your favor!