Is the Withdrawal Method Effective for Birth Control?


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According to Prevention, the withdrawal method of birth control has a effectiveness rate of 96 to 97 percent. For it to be that effective, the method must be performed correctly.

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The withdrawal method is commonly used when there are no condoms or the woman is not on hormonal birth control. In this method, a man withdraws his penis from the vagina before ejaculation occurs.

For withdrawal to have the highest possible success rate, a woman must be aware of her menstrual cycle and know when she is at her most fertile. On those days she should use a backup method such as contraceptive foam or a sponge.

The man must have a thorough awareness of his body so that he does not ejaculate inside the woman. Even a small amount of ejaculate can greatly increase the risk of pregnancy.

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