It starts with an age-old question: If a man pulls out before ejaculating, can a woman still get pregnant? In bedrooms, basements and the backs of cars worldwide, millions of sexually active humans make choices or regret them based on what should be foundational fertility knowledge. Dig deeper, though, and it quickly becomes unclear exactly where the risk is coming from. Its job is to create a hospitable ride for sperm that ultimately pass through the urethra during ejaculation. That means about four out of women who rely on the pullout method exclusively will become pregnant during one year of use.
Just How Effective Is the Pull-Out Method at Preventing Pregnancy?
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Also known as withdrawal, the pull out method is one of the most basic forms of birth control on the planet. To use this method, the penis must be withdrawn from the vagina before ejaculation occurs. This prevents semen from entering the vagina, allowing you to avoid pregnancy without relying on another form of birth control. Contrary to popular belief, some research suggests that pre-cum can contain sperm. In fact, 22 percent of people using the pull out method become pregnant.
Can You Prevent Pregnancy with the Pullout Method?
You can get pregnant from the pull-out method. The pull-out method, also called withdrawal — or coitus interruptus if you wanna get fancy — involves pulling the penis out of the vagina before ejaculation. Sperm can live in your body for as many as seven days. The perfect-use failure rate for the pull-out method is 4 percent.
The basic goal of using birth control is to lower your risk of pregnancy by as much as possible, right? No form of contraception is foolproof. But if you have an IUD, use a condom properly, take your pill as directed, or use your ring, patch, or another method correctly, your chances of getting preggers are indeed way lower. Trusting your partner will pull out before any swimmers get out the gate, though, is less like birth control and more like taking a gamble. Streicher, M.