What is it?
- A form of birth control that is also known as "pulling out." The man removes his penis from the vagina before he comes (ejaculates).
How does it work?
- Ejaculation occurs outside the vagina so semen doesn’t enter vagina.
What’s great about it?
- Involves no hormones so, no side-effects, and periods are not affected.
What’s not so great about it?
- Least effective method in real life (approx. 22 out of 100 women become pregnant each year), but it’s better than using nothing.
- Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – condoms advised.
- Requires a degree of control by the man.
- Sometimes semen gets into the woman's vagina by accident.
- Some people find that withdrawal lessens sexual pleasure.