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5 Things you should know about the pull-out method.

Here we will tell you all about the things you should know about the withdrawal or pull-out method.
Written by in Sex Education on the 25/04/2016   
5 Things you should know about the pull-out method.

You may also know this method as coitus interruptus, which is a rather controversial method of birth control which is actually used quite widely by couples. Gynaecologists however, do not support it. Despite the lack of support of health professionals for this method, one survey has shown that almost 60% of women in the US for example between the ages of 15 and 44 have used this method at least once. It is a "hassle-free" method and there is no need for suffering any side effects that some women may experience from oral contraceptive pills, nonetheless, it is risky.  
Many young couples appear to be unaware of the risks that relying on this method can bring, and the potential consequences it could cause when trying  to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
Here are five main facts you should remember when you think of having unprotected sex:
1. It has a rather high failure rate
It is seen as a much less effective method than condoms, contraceptive pils or the IUD for example. Studies show that when used frequently, its failure rates can reach as high as 17%, whereas condoms have only a 2% failure rate when used incorrectly. The study also found that many people use the withdrawal method as a secondary contraceptive method.
2. When used perfectly, withdrawal has a 4% failure rate.
Whilst in 17% of cases, the typical use of withdrawal leads to unwanted pregnancies, studies also show that when done correctly, its failure rate is significantly reduced. However, it is not easy to get it exactly right. There is still a chance that the male may accidentally ejaculate inside the woman, and when this occurs it is wise to have a plan B.
If you haven't used the method before, it is a good idea that you practise it first using condoms, this allows the male to practise control over his ejaculations, and if it goes wrong during practise you are still protected by the condom against unwanted pregnancy. You should only use this method if your relationship is monogamous, as it offers no protection against STIs and STDs.
3. It offers no protection against STIs and STDs.
It is vital to remember that this method offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases and infections, so if you or your partner have other sexual partners, you are putting yourself at risk of contracting such infections as Chlamydia or Syphilis, or even HIV.
4. Pre-cum or pre-ejaculation can cause unwanted pregnancies.
It is very rare that pre-cum leads to pregnancy, but it is not impossible. Pre-cum supposedly contains no sperm, however there is the risk that it picks up some sperm on its journey through the urethra.
5. Timing is key
Like we already said, the pull-out method is not easy. It requires practice. Just one drop of semen is enough to cause a pregnancy, so the male must be accurate with his timing and pull-out before he ejaculates, any slip-ups can lead to a pregnancy.
So remember, this is not a highly recommended contraceptive method, but if you are going to use it, make sure to use it correctly. If you dont feel sure about it, then it is probably best to use a barrier contraceptive method such as the condom which also protects against STIs and STDs.
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