What is it? How does it work?
Withdrawal is when a man pulls out his penis from the vagina before he ejaculates. He must also avoid getting semen near the vulva—or outer portion of the vagina. Withdrawal is also sometimes known as the “pull-out method” or “coitus interruptus.” Sometimes it is used in addition to another method (the pill, condom, etc.) for increased effectiveness.
How effective is it?
It is only 78% effective with typical use. With perfect use, it is 96% effective. It should be noted, however, that it is extremely difficult to use withdrawal perfectly every single time.
What are the side effects?
Due to its difficulty to use, there is a high possibility of having a baby as a side effect.
Does it protect me against sexually transmitted infections?
No. If you or your partner are not using a condom, you do not have protection against sexually transmitted infections. Some partners choose to use withdrawal in addition to using condoms, in which case you would be protected!