Let’s talk about sex ba-by…
According to a new study in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, one in three young women are using withdrawal — aka “the pull out method” — as a regular form of contraception.
Withdrawal requires the male to pull his penis out of the female’s vagina (hopefully) before he ejaculates during sex, thus minimizing chance of pregnancy. While this is not an ideal method of birth control, it’s apparently pretty commonplace — and surprisingly, considered by some experts to be almost as effective as condoms.
Investigators found that 31 percent of the survey participants (sexually active U.S. women, focusing on 2,220 participants between the ages of 15 and 24) have used withdrawal as a form of birth control at least once. Of those who used it, about 21 percent became pregnant unintentionally compared to only 13 percent of women who used other forms of birth control.
While you’re obviously less likely to get pregnant if your partner pulls out than if he doesn’t, this method doesn’t protect against STDs— or your crippling post-sex fear that “maybe some semen got up there.”
I want to know, do YOU regularly use the pull out method as your only form of contraception?
Vote in our poll below and then from 4:30-5 pm ET, @TheFrisky will be discussing the question and poll results on Twitter. Be sure to join in on the convo and use the hashtag #ThisOrThat. See you then!