Posted: June 2, 2016 Contributor: administrator

Pull & Pray – the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

More and more women are relying on the pull-out method as their main method of contraception. According to a study, 60% of American women have relied on their partner pulling out at some point in their lives. So with so many methods of contraception out there, why are women relying on this rudimentary form of birth control?

What are the benefits?

Pulling out is an attractive form of birth control for a variety of reasons. First, some women prefer not to use hormones to control their reproductive cycle. Although birth control has been widely accepted and deemed safe, there are some who resist altering their hormone levels. Pulling out can also be seen as an easier form of birth control. It does not require a prescription, cost anything or come with any side effects.

What are the disadvantages?

There are a few reasons why pulling out can be a dangerous form of contraception. First, it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Also, because this method relies entirely on the partner, you are giving up control of your body. It requires the experience and trust of your partner so it is not recommended for young people or sexually inexperienced men.

What are the facts?

Planned Parenthood reports that “of every 100 women whose partners use withdrawal, four will become pregnant each year if they always do it correctly.” A woman and her partner must time this method PERFECTLY every single time for the effectiveness to remain at 4%. Also, pre-ejaculate, or pre-cum, has to be taken into consideration, as it has been proven that a woman can get pregnant from pre-cum.

The pull-out method may work for some, but it is not for everyone. Many doctors conclude that this method is best used as additional protection with another form of birth control such as condoms, birth control pills, IUD, etc. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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