Week 19-How safe is the pull-out method?

January 2, 2009

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Withdrawal is 73% effective.  If withdrawal is used perfectly it is 96% effective. But most people have not perfected this technique.  

The biggest disadvantage of pulling out is the risk of withdrawing incorrectly. The key to being safe by pulling out is to know how and to have impeccable timing. Practice in pulling out at the right time and in the right way is essential for that 96% effectiveness. 

Withdrawal is not for men who ejaculate prematurely or for men who don’t know exactly when they are going to ejaculate.

In all pre-ejaculate fluid there are several hundred viable sperm swimming around. It is not unusual for women to get pregnant from the pre-ejaculate. Once again this shows the unreliability of just pulling out.

Withdrawal should never be used as a protection against sexually transmitted infections or disease. Remember,  there is always an exchange of body fluids and genital to genital contact with the pull-out method. 

Be smart.  Be safe. Be prepared.  Condoms are a better choice.   Have at least one with you.

Happy New Year!


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