Q: Is pulling out a good birth control method or not? I keep getting conflicting answers and I don’t want to get pregnant.
A: The withdrawal method works by keeping sperm out of the vagina. Very few (if any) sperm are contained in pre-cum, and none if he pees before sex. The only way you can get pregnant is if sperm gets inside you. So if your sex partner pulls out before ejaculation every single time you have sex, the withdrawal method is actually pretty effective as a form of birth control. However, if your sex partner forgets, gets carried away and doesn’t pull out, or only pulls out halfway through ejaculation, that’s when this method becomes ineffective. The withdrawal method relies upon your sex partner having good self-control and always remembering to pull out–and sometimes people make mistakes. Also, if you’re having unprotected sex you’re still at risk for STDs even he doesn’t ejaculate inside you.