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Me and my girl are having unprotected sex, just using the "pull out" method for a little more than a year now. How reliable is this method?

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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not Reliable at All

The pull out method is not a reliable form of birth control & that increases your chance of becoming pregnant.
There is a fluid called pre-ejaculate, that comes before an orgasm/ejaculation that can contain sperm. You usually cannot predict or tell that pre-ejaculation is happening. Use condoms/birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Condoms also protect against stds, including passing hpv.

In brief: Not Reliable at All

The pull out method is not a reliable form of birth control & that increases your chance of becoming pregnant.
There is a fluid called pre-ejaculate, that comes before an orgasm/ejaculation that can contain sperm. You usually cannot predict or tell that pre-ejaculation is happening. Use condoms/birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Condoms also protect against stds, including passing hpv.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
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Dr. Mark Perloe
Fertility Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: They have a name

They have a name for women who utilize the "pull out" method of contraception.
.... Mom. Failure rates of 20% or more are not unusual as a small amount of sperm can enter the vagina before ejaculation. You've been on the "safe" side of the odds to date, but if being a parent is not part of your future plans, consider more reliable contraception.

In brief: They have a name

They have a name for women who utilize the "pull out" method of contraception.
.... Mom. Failure rates of 20% or more are not unusual as a small amount of sperm can enter the vagina before ejaculation. You've been on the "safe" side of the odds to date, but if being a parent is not part of your future plans, consider more reliable contraception.
Dr. Mark Perloe
Dr. Mark Perloe
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Dr. Allen Seely
'Withdrawal method' is classic: Russian roulette
Mike Moore
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not very.

You should not rely on the "pull out" method for birth control.
You may start to release semen before you ejaculate. If you don't want to have a baby use birth control methods like the pill, shot, ring, or patch. If you are not in a monogamous relationship add a condom.

In brief: Not very.

You should not rely on the "pull out" method for birth control.
You may start to release semen before you ejaculate. If you don't want to have a baby use birth control methods like the pill, shot, ring, or patch. If you are not in a monogamous relationship add a condom.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
Answer assisted by Mike Moore, Medical Student
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Russian roulette

This "method" is for those confused enough to believe it would work.
Sperm leak constantly during intercourse and it only takes one.You may have been lucky so far or are sterile. If you are both fertile you will be parents soon if you continue.

In brief: Russian roulette

This "method" is for those confused enough to believe it would work.
Sperm leak constantly during intercourse and it only takes one.You may have been lucky so far or are sterile. If you are both fertile you will be parents soon if you continue.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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