Withdrawal (pulling out)

This method is known scientifically as coitus interruptus and is one of the world's oldest forms of contraception. But a major downside is that withdrawal doesn't prevent you from getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) (and is also not a very effective method of contraception).

How it works:

The male takes his penis out of the female's vagina when he feels that he is going to ejaculate (or cum). This prevents the sperm from getting inside the vagina. He needs to come outside his partner's vagina, making sure that semen does not spill anywhere near her genitals. If he is going to have sex again, he should make sure to wipe his penis and urinate first. This will help to flush any sperm out of the urethra.


in a perfect world, if the guy pulls out in time, the sperm will not enter the vagina and pregnancy will be prevented. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind when practising withdrawal.

First, a guy practising withdrawal needs to really know his body as he needs to be able to predict the exact moment that he will ejaculate (or cum). If he can't do this, it's very possible that he won't pull out his penis in time and unplanned pregnancy may occur. This is why this method isn't recommended for young people.

Second, it may be possible for a girl to become pregnant even if withdrawal is performed correctly. Pre-ejaculate, or pre-cum, is the liquid that seeps from the tip of the penis before a guy ejaculates. The pre-ejaculate doesn't contain sperm, but it can pick up sperm from a previous ejaculation as it passes through the urethra (the tube that runs through the penis). The pre-ejaculate could also pick up an STI. All guys seep pre-ejaculate, whether they know it or not.


  • Can be used when no other method of contraception is available.
  • No medical or hormonal side effects.
  • You don't need a prescription.
  • Free.


  • The biggest one is the risk of performing withdrawal incorrectly and causing unplanned pregnancy.
  • No protection from STIs.

Remember that withdrawal:

  • Requires a lot of self-control, experience, and trust.
  • Is not a good method for a guy who tends to cum too fast.
  • Is not a good method for a guy who can't always tell when he needs to pull out.
  • Is not a good method for a woman who doesn't know her sex partner very well.

Other types of contraception

Abstinence Implanon® (implant)
Condoms (female) Intrauterine device (IUD)
Condoms (male) Non-penetrative sex
Contraceptive pills NuvaRing®
Depo Provera® (injections) Withdrawal
Emergency contraception  

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