Also Known As: Pulling Out

Withdrawal is pulling away so the man doesn't ejaculate inside the woman and keeps sperm out of the vagina. Read more.

Withdrawl does not protect against HIV or STDs. Always use a condom.

Effectiveness based upon typical use.​

78% Effective
One-time Use
Stopped Anytime

Withdrawal is commonly misused and mistimed, especially among younger and less experienced sexual partners, making it one of the least effective birth control methods.

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