Withdrawal Method

Withdrawal is also called coitus interruptus or the "pull out method" and it requires great self-control, experience, and trust, and as such, it is pretty unreliable. It works, some of the time, by the man taking his penis out of the vagina before he ejaculates, limiting the chances of any sperm reaching the egg. However, not all sperm are released at climax, some are released before ejaculation, so even though you don’t finish off, you could still finish up pregnant.

How to use it?

The man withdraws from inside you before climax to minimize the risk of sperm entering the vagina and therefore reaching the egg. The key word is minimize, sperm still can escape during sex before ejaculation, and escaped sperm can cause pregnancy. Men who use the withdrawal method must be able to withdraw their penis when they about to ejaculate. If they cannot do this just at the point when they are about to ejaculate, then the withdrawal method will not be effective. Also even when the Man is able to withdraw in time, pregnancy can still happen because of the escape of some sperms before ejaculation.

Questions? Ask the Lydia Contact Centre

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • It isn’t affected by other medications
    • It can be used when breastfeeding
    • Hormone free

  • Cons

    • It’s extremely unreliable
    • It interrupts sex
    • Does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)