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Withdrawal

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Our bottom line

Withdrawal means pulling the penis out of the vagina before ejaculation. This is often easier said than done.

Quick facts about Withdrawal
  • Method class: Behavioral
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
  • Hormone status: No hormones
People’s experience with Withdrawal

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Upsides

  • No side effects.
  • Can be used when there's no other option.
  • Free!
What’s the failure rate?
27%
of people using this method got pregnant in a year

This method is ranked 15 out of 17 birth control methods listed. The lower the number, the better.Source

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Downsides

  • Requires timing and trust.
  • Not recommended for those not experienced with sex.
  • Really easy to get it wrong.
  • Even seemingly perfect pull-out can still end up in pregnancy.
How it works

Withdrawal requires the man to remove his penis from the vagina before he ejaculates. This doesn't always work.

Quick facts about Withdrawal
  • Method class: Behavioral
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
  • Hormone status: No hormones