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Withdrawal is the oldest form of birth control. The guy pulls out before he ejaculates. Some people call withdrawal the “pull out method.” The key thing to remember is this: You've got to do it right, every single time, for withdrawal to be effective.


Your partner has super control
Your man needs to be totally in tune with his body.

You wouldn't mind getting pregnant if it happened
The “typical use” failure rate for withdrawal is around 22 percent.

At least it's cheap
It has the advantage of being completely free, but has a high failure rate.

Side Effects

There are positive and negative things to say about each and every method. And everyone's different, so what you experience may not be the same as what your friend experiences.

The Positive

  • Free
  • No prescription necessary

The Negative

  • The high failure rate may lead to the possibility of having a baby before you're ready
  • Difficult to perform perfectly every single time

You might want to use a spermicide along with pulling out to make withdrawal more effective.

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