44 doctors weighed in:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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