What is it?

  • A form of birth control that is also known as "pulling out." The man removes his penis from the vagina before he comes (ejaculates).

 How does it work?

  • Ejaculation occurs outside the vagina so semen doesn’t enter vagina. 

 What’s great about it? 

  • If used perfectly, 4 out of 100 women will fall pregnant each year. However it is often not used perfectly – with such typical use more women fall pregnant (18 in 100).
  • Involves no hormones so no side-effects and periods are not affected.

 What’s not so great about it? 

  • Least effective method in real life but it’s better than using nothing.
  • Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – condoms advised.
  • Requires a degree of control by the man.
  • Sometimes semen gets into the woman's vagina by accident.
  • Some people find that withdrawal lessens sexual pleasure.

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