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A 43-year-old member asked:

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

10 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Angela Savatiel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Yes: 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%!
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 37 years experience
Yes: 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.
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Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine 50 years experience
Yes: 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!
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Yes: 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.
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Yes: 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.
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Urogynecology 29 years experience
Yes: 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.
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Dr. Stacie Macdonald
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Yes: 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.
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Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: "withdrawal" is a recognized method of birth control, but carries a higher failure rate of up to 15%.
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: Although this method may reduce the chances of becoming pregnant, it carries no reasonable certainty of avoiding pregnancy indefinitely.
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Dr. Ted King
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41 years experience
Yes: 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.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How to get pregnant if he pulls out too fast?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Dont pull out fast: As long as he pulls out after ejaculation you will be able to get pregnant.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

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Dr. Selma Holden
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: There can be semen in his penis before he ejaculates which can get inside you. Withdrawal is not a reliable form of birth control. This website will tell you more... http://tinyurl.com/345kuvd.
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