One of the most personal decisions you are likely to make is what type of contraception (or which safe-sex practice) is right for you. It may not be a decision you make once, but many times throughout your life. It can depend on your current partner, personal preference, or whether or not pregnancy is something you're concerned about. The key is to make sure you're well-informed and making the best decision for you and your body. However, if you and your partner are using the pull-out method, then carefully consider why the pull-out method is so dangerous. Because it is not the safest method of birth control whatsoever, and taking care of your sexual health and well-being is an important form of self love.
If you aren’t exactly sure what the pull-out or withdrawal method is, Planned Parenthood says it’s exactly what it sounds like: "Pulling the penis out of the vagina before ejaculation (aka cumming). If semen (cum) gets in your vagina, you can get pregnant. So, ejaculating away from a vulva or vagina prevents pregnancy.” However, they warn that this has to be done perfectly in order to have any efficacy. "You have to be sure to pull out before any semen comes out, every single time you have vaginal sex, in order for it to work." While that might sound pretty straightforward and convenient, this method comes with increased risks, experts say, which is why its increasing popularity among women is cause for concern.
According to a study released by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics in 2017 and reported by CBS News, 60 percent of sexually active adolescent girls reported having used the withdrawal method. This is echoed by another 2017 study by the National Center for Health Statistics, in which researchers found that using the pull-out method "amongst unmarried men in America has nearly doubled between 2002 and 2015. In 2002, about 10 percent of unmarried men used the pull-out method, compared to 19 percent in 2015." On top of this, according to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, “users of the withdrawal method experience the highest rates of contraceptive failure, with 20 percent ending in pregnancy within a year.”
Clearly, pulling out is becoming increasingly popular, but is it actually dangerous? Jillene Grover Seiver, Ph.D. and human sexuality expert, tells Elite Daily that it is. "Yes, it is dangerous. There are many more reliable methods that couples can use that carry a lower risk of pregnancy, STIs, and frustration," she explains. In fact, all of the experts I reached out to agreed with that. Here is what you need to know about the dangers of the pull-out method.