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Is withdrawal a good method of birth control?

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Pulling out is not a reliable method of birth control if you really don't want to get pregnant. And it does nothing to protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). So it's not a good option if there's any chance you could get something from your partner.

But for couples who wouldn't mind a surprise pregnancy, the withdrawal method has benefits. It's free and convenient. It has no side effects, and you don't need to see a doctor or get a prescription.

From: Pull Out Method (Withdrawal) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Bedsider: "5 myths about pulling out, busted."

CDC: "Contraception."

Feminist Women's Health Center: "Withdrawal ('Pulling Out')."

Planned Parenthood: "Withdrawal (Pull-Out Method)."

Trussell, J. May 2011. Contraception,

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Bedsider: "5 myths about pulling out, busted."

CDC: "Contraception."

Feminist Women's Health Center: "Withdrawal ('Pulling Out')."

Planned Parenthood: "Withdrawal (Pull-Out Method)."

Trussell, J. May 2011. Contraception,

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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