Why Pulling Out Doesn't Really Work

To pull out, or not to pull out?


Many condom-less couples often find themselves asking this question, and over 60 percent report having used withdrawal at least once.

Pulling out often gets a bad rap, but here are a few facts you should know before you cum to your own conclusion:

  1. Pulling out doesn’t always work. In fact, it doesn’t work too well at all. 21 percent of women who rely on the pull-out method experience an unwanted pregnancy – nearly double the rate at all other forms of birth control, including condoms.

  2. Pre-cum isn’t as safe as you may think. Studies have found that as many as one-third of all men consistently have sperm in their pre-cum, which explains why even pull-out rock stars often have accidental pregnancies.

  3. Pulling out does not prevent STD’s. Duh.

  4. Pulling out, however, is better than nothing. Although it’s far from recommended in cases where you aren’t sure about your partner’s health status, it remains the most cost-effective, convenient, least intrusive method of contraception, and is definitely better than not using any at all. If you do plan on pulling out, though, here are a few tips:

  • Practice a few times with a condom on – just to familiarize yourself with the timing

  • Know your STI status, and your partner’s

  • Have emergency contraceptives, just in case

  • Track your cycles, and consider using condoms during high fertility days

  • Kids are expensive – just use a condom when you have one. Prenatal care alone costs an average of $2,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Save yourself the trouble and treat yourself to 788 of our red velvet cookies and a 36 pack of Ultra Thin Trojans – it’ll cost you half as much.