Island Sexual Health Society Be informed, not surprised!

Withdrawal is not effective

2006 May 24

Withdrawal is also known as:

* pulling out
* coitus interruptus

Withdrawal is when the male withdraws his penis before he ejaculates. The most important thing to know about this method is that *it isn’t very reliable!*

The wetness on a man’s penis before he ejaculates is called pre-ejaculate or pre-cum. It is possible that this pre-ejaculate fluid may contain sperm (that it picks up along the way out) and therefore cause pregnancy. The pre-ejaculate can also and transmit “infections”:/infections/, so there is a risk of infections and pregnancy even without ejaculation.

The most challenging aspect of withdrawal is that it
requires a lot of self-control , because it is very difficult to stop sex at the moment of orgasm.

The withdrawal method is only about 73% effective wiith typical use so people who really don’t want to get pregnant would be safer using another “method of birth control”:/birthcontrol/.