The withdrawal method of contraception, also known as coitus interruptus, is the practice of withdrawing the penis from the vagina and away from a woman's external genitals before ejaculation to prevent pregnancy. The goal of the withdrawal method is to prevent sperm from entering the vagina.
Using the withdrawal method for birth control requires self-control. Even then, the withdrawal method isn't an especially effective form of birth control. Sperm may enter the vagina if withdrawal isn't properly timed or if pre-ejaculation fluid contains sperm. The withdrawal method doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections.
The withdrawal method of contraception can help prevent pregnancy. Among various benefits, the withdrawal method:
Some couples choose to use the withdrawal method because they don't want to use other contraceptive methods.
Using the withdrawal method to prevent pregnancy doesn't pose any direct risks, but it doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections. Some couples also feel that the withdrawal method disrupts sexual pleasure.
As many as 28 out of 100 women who practice the withdrawal method for one year will get pregnant.
To use the withdrawal method:
If ejaculation isn't properly timed and you're concerned about pregnancy, consult your health care provider about emergency contraception.