Contraception, Withdrawal

What is it?

Withdrawal is when a man removes his penis from a woman’s vagina before ejaculation.

How does it work?

The man must withdraw his penis from the woman’s vagina before ejaculation to make sure that no sperm is released inside or around the vagina. The most common problem with this method is that a man withdraws too late.

Does it prevent sexually transmitted infections?

Remember that most birth control or contraceptive methods will not protect a person from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  To reduce the risk of STIs, including HIV, use a condom with another method of contraception. This is referred to as dual protection.

To be effective, birth control must be used correctly and consistently. If you want to prevent pregnancy, choose a method that you and your partner will use every time you have intercourse.

Talk to your health-care provider or visit a sexual health clinic to find out what might work best for you and your partner.

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Last updated: 2023-07-25