Withdrawal (or pulling out) occurs when a couple begins to have intercourse and the male quickly pulls the penis out of the vagina immediately prior to ejaculation.
WHAT IS IT?
Withdrawal is sometimes used as a form of birth control and is a way for a couple to have intercourse without a condom or any other type of birth control method. When the male partner feels ejaculation is imminent(no way to stop it), he quickly pulls the penis out of the vagina so that no semen comes in contact with the inside of the vagina and pregnancy is avoided.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
There are no physical side effects as a result of practicing withdrawal.
HOW WELL DOES IT WORK?
Effectiveness rates vary for withdrawal, which range from 81-99%. The effectiveness rate is not as high as other available methods because fluid (pre-ejacualate or pre-cum) containing sperm can leak out of a penis before ejaculation. Withdrawal is also difficult because some men have difficulty pulling out in time.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE METHOD?
Some of the advantages of withdrawal include:
o Can be used to help prevent pregnancy if no other method is available
o Increased spontaneity and sensitivity
o No cost
Some of the disadvantages of withdrawal include:
o Provides no protection against sexually transmitted infections
o Not as effective as many other available birth control methods
o Some men cannot tell exactly when ejaculation is going to happen
o Pre-cum or pre-ejaculate is often present before ejaculation, and that fluid can contain sperm
o Can be messy
o Some men get so excited that they are unable to pull out in time
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?