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

44 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
29 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

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In brief: Yes

Teens: please believe this.
It only takes 1 sperm and 1 egg to create a baby. Parents of teens everywhere: please share this link with them. https://www.healthtap.com/user_questions/6.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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. Visit http://www.Webmd.Com/sex/birth-control/slideshow-birth-control-options for a helpful slideshow/.

In brief: 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. Visit http://www.Webmd.Com/sex/birth-control/slideshow-birth-control-options for a helpful slideshow/.
Dr. Kevin O'neil
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Dr. Angela Savatiel
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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%!

In brief: 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%!
Dr. Angela Savatiel
Dr. Angela Savatiel
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

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

In brief: Yes

Although this method may reduce the chances of becoming pregnant, it carries no reasonable certainty of avoiding pregnancy indefinitely.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
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Dr. Stacie Macdonald
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stacie Macdonald
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

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

In brief: Yes

"withdrawal" is a recognized method of birth control, but carries a higher failure rate of up to 15%.
Dr. Jaime Lopez
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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Dr. Andrew Silverman
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Dr. Scott Kramer
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1 comment
Dr. Ted King
The parents line is perfect. I have to rmember that.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Absolutely.

In brief: Yes

Absolutely.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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