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Can i get pregnant if my partner pulls out before he ejaculates?

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Dr. Angela Savatiel answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Withdrawal is one of the most common methods of contraception in the world. However it is associated with a high failure rate - as high as 20%!

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Scott Kramer answered

Specializes in Gynecology

Yes we jokingly refer to couples who practice the withdrawl method as parents. Approximately 35% of couples who depend on withdrawl for pregnancy avoidance conceive. This is because many men will begin to ejaculate before they orgasm. There are so many contraceptive options that offer better protection and allow couples to plan when is the best time to have a baby enter their lives.

Answered Apr 29, 2012

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Dr. Andrew Silverman answered

Specializes in Fertility Medicine

A male is able to release semen prior to actually feeling the surge of ejaculation, so it is possible to conceive even if he "pulls out". It is far safer to have him use a condom, and it will protect you against sexually transmitted diseases at the same time as preventing pregnancy!

Answered Oct 23, 2012

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Dr. Jeff Livingston answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

There are about 400 million sperm when a man ejaculates. There are about 4 million in preejaculatory -- the fluid that comes out before orgasm. It only takes 1.

Answered Apr 4, 2019

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Dr. Alysia Townsend answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Yes, there is approximately a 30% failure rate with the withdrawal method of contraception. Reasons for this high failure rate include that pre-ejaculate released before the male orgasm may contain viable sperm capable of causing pregnancy, and that it depends so largely on male motivation to withdraw prior to orgasm, and that ejaculating near the vagina can still allow sperm to enter the body.

Answered Aug 4, 2015

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Dr. Kevin O'neil answered

Specializes in Urogynecology

The withdrawl method of birth control is very unreliable. Most men will have a small amount of fluid that leaks out of the penis before they ejaculate. That fluid contains a high concentration of sperm and can result in conception occurring. In typical use, the method has an ~18% failure rate.

Answered Feb 26, 2019

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Dr. Stacie Macdonald answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sperm are present in semen. Semen is present with an erection. While more sperm increase your chances of pregnancy, you only need 1 good swimmer to get pregnant. If you don't want to get pregnant, there are many good forms of birth control.

Answered May 26, 2016

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Dr. Jaime Lopez answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

"withdrawal" is a recognized method of birth control, but carries a higher failure rate of up to 15%.

Answered May 14, 2013

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Although this method may reduce the chances of becoming pregnant, it carries no reasonable certainty of avoiding pregnancy indefinitely.

Answered Dec 12, 2013

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Dr. Ted King answered

Specializes in

Drs. Yoder and livingston, and all of the other doctors who answered, are absolutely right. If you really don't want to get pregnant, practice some other, more effective means of birth control.

Answered Dec 18, 2014

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