quote:"Our study showed that use of withdrawal for contraception is very common, but it doesn't work as well as other methods," said study author Dr. Annie Dude, a resident in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, N.C.
Dude and her colleagues analyzed 2006-2008 data from a national survey of U.S. women, focusing on 2,220 participants between the ages of 15 and 24. Their aim was to see how commonplace it was for young, sexually active women to use withdrawal as a way to avoid pregnancy.
The findings will be published in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The investigators found that 31 percent of the women used withdrawal as a form of birth control at least once. Of those who used it, about 21 percent became pregnant unintentionally compared with only 13 percent of women who used other types of contraceptives.
Withdrawal users were also 7.5 percent more likely to have used emergency contraception (such as Plan B or Next Choice).
Women who relied on the withdrawal method, which depends upon a man "pulling out" (hopefully) before ejaculating, as their only form of birth control, tended to be less likely to get pregnant than women who used withdrawal along with other forms of birth control over the course of the study, but Dude said this finding was not statistically significant.
She said the research shows that health care providers who care for sexually active young women need to recognize that one reason couples may use withdrawal as a method of birth control is that they haven't planned ahead, and that providers need to take the time to discuss more effective birth control methods with their patients.
Please know that we are ALWAYS available to talk with you and help you find more reliable, more foolproof and yet still accessible forms of birth control any time.
We know many of our users, especially when they're new here, have used or do use withdrawal all by itself or as a backup method (which is certainly a better choice, if you are going to use it), and we know that save one, nearly EVERY other option to prevent pregnancy works better, and also tends to result in WAY less worry and panic than this one. We also have longstanding concerns about STI risks involved when not using condoms.
So, if this is something you are usuing, especially all by itself, know we're ready to help you find something better, either via the tools we have on the main site, conversations here, or both.
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This very good advice - I hope it helps some girls. I used it in my very early days years ago - we called it the "pull and pray" method. I had a few scares and worrying moments for days but fortunately no pregnancy. I soon learned never to trust a guy who said he would pull out in time.
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