Withdrawal method or coitus interruptus method is quite controversial and it is widely used by couples as a method of birth control, doctors are against it. Couples usually think that, it is cheap without the trouble of using condoms or putting up with any side effects caused by oral contraceptive pills.
Most couples are not aware of the potential risk of doing withdrawal method to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
5 facts you need to consider before having unprotected sex and using withdrawal method:
1. Higher failure rate as compared to condoms
Withdrawal or coitus interruptus method is seen as a less effective method of preventing an unwanted pregnancy as compared to condoms, oral contraceptive pills and IUCD In fact, studies have found that with typical use, failure rates are as high as 17%, as compared to condoms which only have a 2% failure rate if used incorrectly.
2. Correct use of this method has only a 4% failure rate
While the typical use of the withdrawal method can result in an unwanted pregnancy in 17% of the cases, studies have also found that if it is done correctly, the failure rate is as low as 4%. However, it is important to remember that the withdrawal or coitus interruptus method is not easy. There are always chances that your partner might accidentally ejaculate inside you and it is a wise decision to have a back-up plan.
3. Withdrawal method doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Remember that the withdrawal method cannot protect you from STIs and if you or your partner have multiple sexual partners, you could suffer from chlamydia, gonorrhea, suphilis, or trichomoniasis. Also you could also be at an increased risk of contracting the HIV virus and Hep B.
4. Pre-ejaculate or Pre-cum fluid can lead to pregnancy
While it is extremely rare that pre-ejaculate fluid or pre-cum can lead to pregnancy, it is certainly possible. While pre-ejaculate fluid doesn’t consist of any sperms, there’s always the possibility that it could pick up sperms in the urethra.
5. Timing is of essence
As mentioned earlier, practicing the withdrawal method is not easy and requires some practice by the male partner. Even a drop of semen is enough to cause pregnancy, so he needs to be on point with his timing and withdraw before he ejaculates. Any miscalculations in his timings can spell trouble for both of you.