Condoms are one of the most incredible inventions we have, and without them we would be living in a very different world. They’re widely available and they allow billions of people around the world to have sex without the fear that it will lead to pregnancy or that they will contract an STD.
However, it seems that many men have a complicated relationship with condoms. Without condoms, it’s likely they would be having nowhere near as much sex, but on the flipside, a lot of men feel that sex with condoms is a lot less pleasurable.
Some men are so put off by the idea of using a condom that they are now using the withdrawal or “pulling out” method as a replacement. The method involves the male pulling out of the vagina just before he climaxes so that he can avoid impregnating the woman he is having sex with.
However, experts maintain that the chance of impregnation is still reasonably high.
In fact, Natika Halil, chief executive of FPA, maintains that,
“Some couples might choose to rely on withdrawal but this can be notoriously difficult to get right so your risk of pregnancy is quite high. Because it can be so hard to use withdrawal correctly and consistently, we don’t consider it reliable enough to count as a method of contraception and recommend instead choosing one of the 15 contraceptive methods available. The only way for it to be more reliable is to do it correctly and consistently every time, but this can be hard for many people to achieve.”
The withdrawal method may slightly reduce the chance of a pregnancy occurring, however, it in no way reduces the risk of contracting an STD.
In order for the withdrawal method to work, the man needs to have excellent self-control which can be difficult in the middle of a heated sexual encounter.