The Ugly Truth Behind The Pull-Out Method

Sitting in a dive bar somewhere in the East Village, about four whiskey sodas and a huge bar tab deep, my good friend nonchalantly told me she uses the pulling-out method as a primary form of birth control.
“I just don’t like all the hormones from the Pill. They make me gain weight.” She said, flipping her hair like the most basic bitch on planet earth.
I replied with all of the finesse of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” “You know what else makes you gain weight? Pregnancy.”
What scared me was that this wasn’t the first time a friend admitted to me that she used the pulling-out method, or coitus interruptus, as her sole means of pregnancy prevention.
It turns out, while the idea of pulling out is somewhat taboo, it’s a lot more common than you think.
As reported by NY Mag in “No Pill? No Problem. Meet The Pullout Generation,” a survey conducted by Dr. Annie Dude, a researcher at Duke University reported that nearly one in three women between the the ages of 15-24 has used the pulling-out method as her primary form of birth control.
That adds up to a lot of women! The problem is, it’s really stupid to practice this method of birth control.
No matter what excuses you make to yourself about “hormones” and “mood swings” and other side effects that inevitably come along with other forms of birth control, you’re going to end up knocked up.
What it comes down to is control. You alone control your body. Don’t give that kind of power to someone else.
The pulling-out method might be just fantastic for guys who want to get their dick wet sans condom, but it really, truly sucks for women.
It’s really not that effective.
According to Planned Parenthood, “Of every 100 women whose partners use withdrawal, four will become pregnant each year if they always do it correctly.
Of every 100 women whose partners use withdrawal, 27 will become pregnant each year if they don’t always do it correctly.”
Those numbers don’t seem so aggressive, right? Four out of a 100 women if they always pull out correctly. Except, those numbers are actually really high.
That’s a 4 percent chance of pregnancy whereas, on the pill, there is a 1 percent chance of pregnancy. And, what’s more, that is if it’s “done correctly” every single time this method is used.
Planned Parenthood calls pulling out “Safe, simple and effective,” but only if the partners display great self-control and trust. How many people do you know who can display full self-control upon orgasm?
Let’s talk about pre-ejaculate, is a bodily fluid that leaks from the penis during sexual intercourse.
One thing I’ve heard through the usual chatter of female friends was the inaccurate notion that pre-cum cannot get you pregnant. Newsflash, yes it can.
A 2011 study found live sperm in the pre-ejaculate of one-third of the 27 subjects analyzed. Meaning that pre-cum does indeed contain the necessary ingredients to make a baby.