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Withdrawal

Other Methods of Birth Control

How does it work?

  • Penis is withdrawn or removed from the vagina before ejaculation
  • Requires trust and commitment from both partners

Advantages

  • 73-96% effective
  • Better than using no birth control method at all
  • No cost
  • No need to see a doctor or health care provider
  • No use of chemicals or hormones
  • Can be used anytime

Disadvantages

  • Males cannot always accurately control when they will ejaculate
  • Judgement may be impaired by alcohol or drugs which can effect self-control
  • Controlled by the male partner only
  • May be some sperm in the pre-ejaculate
  • Recommended with another method of birth control such as spermicides
  • No protection against STIs, including HIV