withdrawal

WITHDRAWAL

It happens in the moment.

IT IS ALL ABOUT TIMING

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There's no science involved in the withdrawal method, probably because it pre-dates science as we know it. It simply involves the man removing his penis from the vagina before climax. It requires a lot of self-control and trust, and therefore it can be a pretty unreliable method of contraception. Not all sperm are released when a man ejaculates, so even if he pulls out before orgasm, you could still get pregnant.

 

The withdrawal method involves a lot of control on the part of the man, who must be aware of when he is reaching climax so he pulls out when ejaculation can no longer be postponed. Pre-ejaculate, or 'pre-cum', contains some sperm, and as such your doctor or nurse will likely not recommend it as a method of contraception.

HOW IT MEASURES UP

Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.

EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE

The withdrawal method is self-directed and when done perfectly and in a timely manner, every time, it can be effective at preventing pregnancy. However, a perfect performance is relatively unlikely.

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EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE

The withdrawal method is self-directed and has an enormous amount of room for human error. It is less effective than other methods of contraception.

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Hormones

No. Withdrawal is hormone-free.

Ease of Use

Withdrawal needs to be performed during intercourse, each time you have sex.

Your Period

Withdrawal has no impact on menstruation.

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