/Does withdrawal (pulling out) work to prevent pregnancy?

Yes. It can reduce the risk of getting pregnant, but is not very effective or reliable.

Additionally, you are not protected from sexually transmitted infections using this method.

Withdrawal is when a male removes his penis from the vagina before he ejaculates (spills out). Withdrawal is an attempt to prevent sperm from entering the vagina by ejaculating outside the vagina. Even if a male never ejaculates into the vagina, sperm can leak out into the vagina before the male pulls out, so there is still a risk of pregnancy.

Withdrawal is only about 73 percent effective compared to other methods that are 97 percent to 99 percent effective.

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