Withdrawal Method

The withdrawal method, also called coitus interruptus or Pull-out method, is one of the traditional methods of preventing pregnancy. It is a method in which the man completely removes the penis from the vagina, and away from the external genitalia of the female partner before he ejaculates

How the method works

  • It works to prevent pregnancy by preventing sperm from entering the female’s reproductive tract, thereby preventing contact between the sperm and the egg.

Effectiveness

  • The effectiveness of this method depends on the user.
  • With typical use, effectiveness is about 80%.
  • When used consistently and correctly in every sexual encounter it can be up to 96% effective.

Advantages

  • It’s free, and you can improve your ability to use this method successfully.
  • Promotes male involvement
  • Does not affect breastfeeding
  • Has no economic cost

Limitations

  • It is important to note that it is possible for pre-ejaculatory fluid containing sperm to flow out during the excitement phase before the penis is withdrawn.
  • Lack of ejaculatory control (or premature ejaculation) is an indication not to use withdrawal methods.

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Popular questions

You will get a small injection on your arm to numb you. This means you won’t feel pain at all during insertion. There will be a little pain or soreness as the wound heals for about a week.
Yes. A woman who has not had children generally can use an IUD, but she should understand that the IUD is more likely to come out because her uterus may be smaller than the uterus of a woman who has given birth.
Yes. If needed, ECPs can be taken again, even in the same cycle. A woman who needs ECPs often may want to consider a longer-acting and more effective family planning method
Yes. A woman who has not had children generally can use an IUD, but she should understand that the IUD is more likely to come out because her uterus may be smaller than the uterus of a woman who has given birth.
No. Most research finds no major changes in bleeding patterns after female sterilization. If a woman was using a hormonal method or IUD before sterilization, her bleeding pattern will return to the way it was before she used these methods

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Last modified: April, 2022

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