Just wondering if any of you guys regularly use the pullout method and if its resulted in pregnancy? I haven’t had my period since early April, and right now its about 2 weeks late. I’ve had sex 3 times in the past two weeks (I had sex on the 1st, 7th, and 10th), all using the pullout method. The guy i’m dating urinated before we had sex… but i’m getting conflicting advice.. does precum have sperm?

Also, I am somewhat irregular, so while I AM two weeks late, its not abnormal for me to skip a month or two (I have PCOS). I took a test before going out of town (on the 11th) and it was negative.. but I already know it was too early for any of those dates.

Anyway, sorry if this is the wrong place to ask.

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21 Responses to Pullout method

  1. Eanva says:

    Based on what you’ve said, you’re most likely not pregnant, but another test in a couple weeks will put that question to rest if you have doubts.

    If the man has urinated first, there is no sperm in the precum. If he ejaculated very recently, did not urinate in between, and then you have sex again, that precum may contain sperm. But in the case you described, there would not be.

  2. SseNope says:

    I thought some people were sort of leaky, though. Sweetchild certainly links to two studies that find a nonzero amount of motile sperm in the preejaculate.

    In other words: In general, pre-ejaculate is unlikely to contain sperm in the case you described. Are you interested in learning more ways to reduce pregnancy stress or increasing pullout’s efficacy? If this is a regular thing and also a huge worry, getting some confirmation that he’s not a leaky guy sounds like it would be reassuring! But for now, I’d chalk the late period up to PCOS and test again in two weeks or so.

  3. 40oall says:

    its not something that i’m SUPER worried about, i was just wondering if anyone had gone though the situation im in AND got pregnant.. with him urinating before sex, i figure its pretty safe.

  4. Eanva says:

    I don’t know. I was repeatedly told by people that the precum contains sperm thing was a myth, so I’m just going with what I was told. If there’s studies now that show otherwise, I’ll take back what I said.

  5. Hteall says:

    I personally know that my spouse has leaked prior to ejaculation, and there was a relatively recent study that… was not written up well, so it’s hard to tell if the people were leaky or if they’d ejaculated recently enough prior to their pre-cum donations that there was viable sperm there. O:/

    In general, considering the effectiveness of withdrawal statistically, I’d say that correctly-used withdrawal + PCOS = more likely to just be late from PCOS reasons. But Dollar Tree Tests are good reassurance, according to peeonastick.com! O:>

  6. EilYes says:

    We’ve used pullout + cycle tracking for 4 years. No pregnancy.

    Good luck!

  7. 29dWoman says:

    I think the answer can vary depending on study.

    . Eleven of the 27 subjects (41%%) produced pre-ejaculatory samples that contained spermatozoa and in 10 of these cases (37%%), a reasonable proportion of the sperm was motile.

    http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/apl/thuf/2011/00000014/00000001/art00008

    most pre ejaculate samples did not contain any sperm and those that did had only small clumps of a very small amount of sperm which seemed to be immobile.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12286905

  8. NoiNobody says:

    I’ve used pull out method with a previous long term relationship and never got pregnant. However, sometimes men don’t pull out fast enough.

    Often my husband and I will start penitrative sex without a condom then finish with a condom. So surely some of the pre-cum has been inside me but no pregnancy yet.

  9. Dekoya says:

    We used pullout exclusively for almost 5 years. No pregnancies.

  10. EohNet says:

    The pull-out method has a 27% typical use failure rate and a 4% perfect use failure rate. So while I have not personally gotten pregnant while using withdrawal, 4 in 100 people who use it correctly and consistently for a year do get pregnant. Every birth control method has a failure rate.

  11. 78eZero says:

    This. I would never advise this method unless you are open to the possibility of getting pregnant sooner or later. It involves a lot of self-control and well, humans aren’t robots. It’s so much easier to use a condom if you really wish to avoid pregnancy, or any other form of birth control really.

  12. EohNet says:

    Ha! I suppose to some people it’s easier to use a condom, but it’s different for everyone. I’ve been meaning to buy condoms for months now. For what it’s worth, 2 in 100 people get pregnant per year while using condoms consistently and correctly.

  13. Omoofa says:

    Personally, I’m completely okay with getting an abortion if I end up pregnant. I consider that my backup for whichever form of birth control I’m using primarily and have no desire to ever double up in terms of contraception. This is much easier for me than condoms and while I do enjoy having my partner come inside me, I prefer withdrawal to filling my body with needless hormones.

    I also want to point out that for some people it doesn’t require much self control. Through years of using other methods, I have never not known when my partner is going to orgasm and semen has never gone anywhere we don’t want it to (including other areas like the bed or my body.

    Is withdrawal for everyone? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who’ve just started sex with a new partner or as the only method of contraception to people who really can’t tolerate the idea of getting pregnant (I wouldn’t recommend condoms as the only method either though if you really don’t want to have a baby or an abortion). But it’s a viable method for a lot of people and it’s cost and hormone-free, which can make it pretty appealing.

  14. 78eZero says:

    I agree that abortion is always an option over an unwanted pregnancy, it’s just one that I’d wish to avoid as much as I can, mostly because it sounds like a lot of hassle for one little instant of distraction. This is why I use hbc in my long term relationship. Just like nickelshoe I guess, I don’t really enjoy using condoms in this context, I would if it were a new relationship though. And as for the pull out method… I’ll admitt I’ve never tried it, but since I was my bf’s first sex partner and I’ve had so much trouble reaching orgasm, it’s never seemed practical for us to stop before one of us has had an orgasm, unless one of us doesn’t want it anymore, of course.

  15. 78eZero says:

    Oh and if the first method fails, mostly if a condom breaks or pull out obviously fails, there’s always the morning-after pill ! 🙂

  16. Omoofa says:

    I think there are a whole lot of reasons not to use it, some of which you’ve outlined as applying to your situation. I would never encourage anyone to consider it if they weren’t already, but I think it’s unfortunate that withdrawal has such a bad reputation. Like, it makes sense that sex education programs discourage it because a lot of young people don’t know their own bodies and probably haven’t been having sex with the same partner for very long anyway. But at the same time, it can be a pretty effective method depending on the relationship and the negative attitudes we’re taught carry over to adulthood and it’s made to seem irresponsible when it’s way more effective than something like a diaphragm, which is still seen as being proactive about pregnancy prevention.

    I guess this isn’t really a direct response to anything you’ve said (neither an argument or “I agree totally” beyond being glad you’re comfortable with your method) and there’s not a lot of point to my comment beyond that I like talking about it as a viable option and VP seems like a great place to do that (if I did it most places I’m sure I’d be criticized for being irresponsible).

  17. Dekdy says:

    It’s so much easier to use a condom if you really wish to avoid pregnancy…

    Unless, of course, one’s vagina swells shut (or nearly so) with all condom use. Then condoms are actually quite tricky to maneuver. 😉

  18. 78eZero says:

    Oh wow. Do you have a latex allergy ? Maybe latex-free condoms wouldn’t do that ?

  19. Dekdy says:

    I do have a latex allergy, but even non-latex condoms (polyisoprene, polyurethane, “lambskin”) result in the same reaction.

  20. 78eZero says:

    Then I’m sorry for the way I must have sounded, I had no idea it was possible to be allergic to all condoms. This sucks in regards to stds. I guess my insistance on condoms comes from sex-ed programms I had as a teen, in the aftermath of aids, “use a condom” must be engraved deep in my conscience. 😉

  21. Dri007 says:

    I got pregnant using it… But I’d of fallen into the 27% less then perfect use. My partner at the time waited too long to withdraw and came limits outside me on my labia… So yeah. I used it with a different partner who had better control no problem for years.

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