Use a backup method of birth control
Due to its high failure rate, withdrawal is not advised as a primary method of birth control, but it is a great secondary method.
Combining a backup method with withdrawal can greatly lower the risk of getting pregnant.
Use it along with other birth control methods, such as:
Don’t panic. You have choices if you’re concerned that your partner didn’t leave promptly.
First, head to the bathroom and:
You’ll also want to consider emergency contraception. If your birth control stops working or you engage in unprotected sex, you can use this to prevent pregnancy. It should be used as soon as possible for it to be effective. There are two main types available.
ECPs are what’s commonly called “the morning after pill. Depending on the type you choose, they are available with or without a prescription.
There are numerous types available without a prescription at any age. They consist of one tablet that must typically be taken within 72 hours of the sexual encounter.
They are typically located in the same aisle as the ovulation kits and pregnancy tests.
Some brands to look for include:
You can still take ulipristal acetate, marketed under the brand name Ella, after the 72-hour mark. It can be used up to five days after having sex.
The only drawback is that a prescription is required, which you can obtain from:
The copper T intrauterine device (IUD) is the most effective type of emergency contraceptive when used within 5 days of sexual activity. It’s implanted into the uterus and works by releasing copper into the fallopian tubes and uterus, acting as a spermicide. The downside is that it requires a prescription and needs to be inserted by a healthcare provider.
Yes, if you’re concerned that your partner didn’t exit properly. But in order to get a trustworthy result, you’ll have to wait until the first day of your missed period.
Pregnancy tests detect a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Only when a fertilized egg is adhered to the uterus is the hormone present.
Even if you believe you have used the pull-out technique correctly, you should still perform a pregnancy test if you experience any early pregnancy symptoms, such as:
In general, unless the ejaculating partner has extreme self-control, the pull-out method isn’t very effective. And even then, things can still go wrong. If you want to use it, think about combining it with two or three other techniques, like spermicide and ovulation tracking.
Last medically reviewed on August 26, 2019
What is the pull-out method (withdrawal)?
With the pull-out technique, your partner ejaculates after yanking their penis from your vagina and away from your genitals (vulva). Sperm are released from the penis during ejaculation in a fluid known as semen. The withdrawal method or coitus interruptus are other names for the pull-out technique.
Pulling out is less effective than IUDs, birth control pills, condoms, and other forms of contraception. ). It does not provide the same level of STI protection as condoms.
Still, if you want to have sex but want to lower your risk of pregnancy, the pull-out method is preferable to using no birth control.
How effective is the pull-out method?
The pull-out method is about 80% effective. When using the pull-out method, about one in five people become pregnant.