In a nutshell:
- The penis is removed before ejaculation to avoid sperm entering the vagina
- 73% effective with typical use, 96% effective with perfect use
- Difficult to do perfectly every time
- Does not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections)
- Does not include hormones or devices
What is it?
The withdrawal method, or pull out method, is very commonly used by couples here in the Philippines given that many couples still don’t have access to some contraceptive methods and professional advice. During intercourse, a man will try to ejaculate out and away from a woman’s vagina. The sperm is presumably not in contact with the egg and fertilization is avoided.
This method is not very effective since when performed with typical use, 27 out of 100 couples will become pregnant each year. If withdrawal is done correctly every time (which is very hard to do), 4 out of 100 women become pregnant each year.
How does it work?
Withdrawal prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm out of the vagina. The goal is that absolutely no sperm was deposited in the vagina. Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no sperm to fertilize the egg cell.
Couples who have great self-control, experience, and trust may use the withdrawal method more effectively. Men who use the pull out method must be able to know when they are reaching the point in sexual excitement when ejaculation can no longer be stopped or postponed. If you cannot predict this moment accurately, withdrawal will not be as effective.
Even if a man pulls out in time, pregnancy can still happen. Some experts believe that pre-ejaculate, can pick up enough sperm left in the urethra from a previous ejaculation to cause pregnancy. If a man urinates between ejaculations before having sex again, it will help clear the urethra of sperm and may increase the effectiveness of withdrawal.
Keep in mind that the withdrawal method does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex condom or female condom to reduce the risk of infection and risk of pregnancy.
How do I use it?
Success of the withdrawal method, that is whether or not you’ll get pregnant, is totally dependent on a guy’s self-control. He’s got to make sure he pulls out before he ejaculates AND he’s got to keep his semen away from the vulva when he does. So it’s really important that a guy understands his own sexual response patterns.
But let’s be real. What if a guy miscalculates his reaction? What if both partners are lost in the moment? There are many “what ifs” when it comes to this method.
Withdrawal is always better than nothing—but it’s pretty risky if you’re serious about not getting pregnant.
What’s good about it?
- It’s free
- Can be effective only if practiced perfectly
Reasons not to use it
- Not reliable
- Requires a lot of self-control
- Does not protect against STIs
- Difficult to perform perfectly every single time
10 thoughts on “Withdrawal”
Mabubuntis po ba kung in the middle of sex ay nagpull out ka na at nag masturbate ka nalang hanggang mag ejaculate, my pre cum bang lumalabas sa middle ng sex kahit matagal ka pa bago mag cum? Thank you
Hi Jomal! Opo, may posibilidad po. Kahit hindi ka pa nag-ejaculate, maaaring lumabas na ang pre-cum nang ‘di mo namamalayan bago ka pa nag pullout.
Hi Po, Mabubuntis po ba ako kahit hindi niya pinasok at ni rub lang niya sa ari ko kasi hindi siya tinigasan, pero fininger niya ako, at wala din pong ejaculation ang nangyari.
Hi Marie! Kung wala naman pong pre-cum at semilya na pumasok sa iyong puwerta, hindi ka po mabubuntis.
nagsex kami nung january may proteksiyon tas yung iba wala withdrawal, 2 months di ako niregla tas april 3-7 nagkaregla na ako tas nagsex uli nung april 24 27 at may 2 tas may 3 di na niregla ano po kaya to? irregular po ako
Hi Clea! Marami ring posibleng sanhi ng iyong mga nararanasan. Mainam na makipag-ugnay sa inyong doktor para masuri at mapayuhan ka kung ano pwedeng gawin. Kung nangangambang buntis, baka makatulong rin ito sa iyo: https://doitright.ph/tl/oras-na-bang-mag-pregnancy-test/
Hi po what if na-stop ng injectable? I’ve using that kind of family planning sa loob ng 5yrs po, pagkapanganak ko po sa baby ko nagpainject nako and now he’s 5 yrs.old ang mali ko lang po nakalimutan ko bumalik sa provider ko…ngayon po hindi pako dinadatnan…bale last na balik ko dapat is dec.2019…and today is jan.2020…inadvice ako ng ibang protection like condom kaya lang ayaw ni hubby nun…withdrawal nalang…pano po kaya yun…mga ilang days po ba or weeks ka dadatnan kung nastop ka sa injectable?? Pls. Pa answer po salamat
Hi Cris! Pwedeng in a month datnan na uli ng regla, pero may ibang babae po kasi na maaaring umabot ng 3 months to 6 months (in rare cases) bago bumalik sa regular ang menstruation. Ang withdrawal hindi po talaga adviced dahil hindi lubos na maiiwasan ang pagbubuntis. Condom po talaga ang pinakamabuting gamitin.
Mabubuntis parin po ba ako if i had unprotected sex a week before my period was due?
Hi Ann! Palaging posibleng mabuntis basta’t nagsex ka nang walang proteksyon kahit kailan pa ‘yan.