the pull out method?

Auna - posted on 12/18/2012 ( 68 moms have responded )

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Can u get pregnant from the pull out method?

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Jodi - posted on 12/20/2012

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Danicia, maybe it has worked for YOU, but it is not a safe method of contraception for most. Basic sex ed and science will tell you that. Laugh away, but many people who have used this method have fallen pregnant. In fact research suggests that the actual failure rate is about 15%. That's pretty high odds. At the moment, it just means YOU have fallen within the other 85%. Lucky you. Not sure I'd gamble with those odds if I didn't want a baby, but hey, each to their own.

Stephanie - posted on 12/22/2012

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Auna I just looked at a calendar and you may very well be pregnant. The timing is right from the little info you gave. You see you ovulate approximately 14 days after your period and sperm can also survive in ideal environments up to 5 days. 6 days after fertilization you can have something call implantation spotting/pain. It is very common and it sounds like something not common for you. So that strange spotting could mean your pregnant. So you need to treat yourself as if you are until you confirm one way or the other. One you should REALLY DO is start taking folic acid just in case you are and plan to go full term. Whether you keep or give for adoption. This is probably the most important thing you can do right now! Not taking this vitamin could mean some SEVERE brain and spinal deformities. It is something that should be started before getting pregnant it's SO IMPORTANT. which ...thanks for reminding me...time to take my prenatals :-) I've spent 17 years avoiding pregnancy till the time was perfect. I'm not gonna screw it up because I forgot to pop some pill :-) let us know how it goes. And good luck!

Danicia - posted on 12/20/2012

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i find everyone's answers sort of funny. my husband and i have been using the pull out method (when we weren't trying to concieve) for four plus years. no surprise pregnancies. no other forms of contraceptions or condoms, just the pull out method. it's worked 100% of the time for us no fail. read somewhere that the pull out method is more fool proof than condoms if done correctly but can't remember the source.

Jodi - posted on 12/28/2012

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LOL @ Feah. You do realise, right, that once the sperm dries (and is outside the vagina), it is dead? And that there is a small amount of sperm in pre-ejaculation, which a man has no idea is happening and has no control over? Methinks someone needs better sex education before giving advice to others. It actually has very little to do with a man's ability to clean up.

Kelly - posted on 12/19/2012

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How old are you? Your question suggest you are young,and the pull out method is far from safe it's barely even a method.

There's quite a large possibility your pregnant if not thank your lucky stars (if u weren't trying) and use a proper contraception next time.The pullout method is maybe 20% affective if that!

Good luck

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Kathy - posted on 04/21/2014

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Yes you can get preg from the pullout method, it's very risky. My daughter hates condoms also and she's on bc but they do use spermicide.

CalistasMom - posted on 04/08/2014

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Most definitely you can, but it's of course far less likely if the man pulls out. My daughter is sexually active, and we have a very open rapport. She is on the Pill but prefers not to have her boyfriend -- long term relationship and very mature even though young, and mostly lives with us -- wear a condom, as it's uncomfortable for both of them. I told her it wasn't as foolproof, but to just have him pull out. Seems to have worked so far for them, fingers crossed. Lol it does make for quite messy sheets on their bed though.

Courtney - posted on 05/10/2013

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My husband pulled out and I was on birth control...I still got pregnant. Haha!

Evangelyna - posted on 05/10/2013

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Pull out method is how I'm now 7-1/2 months pregnant lol first time too! Just call me fertile myrtle

Molly - posted on 05/09/2013

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my hubby and i have used the pullout method for over 2 years and no pregnancies thus far.

Stephanie - posted on 02/15/2013

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Well how are you doing Auna? Last I heard you were having unusual cramping with a touch of spotting. I suggested implantation pain and to get a test. Did everything turn out alright?

Pamela - posted on 02/04/2013

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Yep! Sad to say i know this much about my parents, but thats exactly how i got here, and im now 32!

Kathryn - posted on 01/27/2013

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yes you can its not every likely that women does but pre cum is still cum and it might not be as strong as ejection cum but you could get pregnant from it .I know 4 people who thought they would be safe if they just pull out ant they got pregnant.

Tasha - posted on 01/27/2013

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I don't know how old you are, but yes you can. Men can pre-ejaculate and not realize it, so yes you can get pregnant. Best way to prevent pregnancy is not to have sex at all. If you insist upon having sex then condoms and birth control used together is your best chance to prevent pregnancy. You should use these any how esp if you're not in a long term relationship or married. There are too many diseases out there to risk your life for a few minutes of pleasure. If he refuses find yourself a new partner.

Natalie Ann - posted on 01/27/2013

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I personally have never gotten prego from the pull out method, but everyone is different.

Chasity - posted on 01/22/2013

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Yes you can, im currently 6-7 months prego with my 2nd child, thanks to the pull out method. Unless your willing to step up and be a mom then i woudnt risk it. Go to a health dept, and get the brown bag. Its full of condoms. Or get on birth control. Better safe then sorry!

Diana - posted on 01/22/2013

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BTW this is the method we use. And it's been 100% successful for us thus far. Just saying!

Diana - posted on 01/22/2013

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Yes if the guy doesn't pull out in time. I would, if it were me, would use a back up if you are in no position to get pregnant financially.

Amanda - posted on 01/18/2013

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im 34 and looking to see how much chance there is in falling preg with pull out method.. i have 2 kids already 1 was planned 1 i was on pill but still fell.. i have a new partner we had sex 5 times in 1 night using pull out method i wasnt worried until someone said it didnt work.. so iv been looking on here to see just how risky it is... is there anyone on here that has actually fell pregnant on this method...

Maria - posted on 01/17/2013

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Can you get pregnant by pulling out? Maybe I'll introduce you to my 2 yr old. A welcome however unplanned surprise. Her dad pulled out.... Haha

Jillian - posted on 01/14/2013

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You might be spotting from implantation bleeding. I would definitely take a test to confirm. And husband and I have been using pull out method for around 8 years only pregnancy was the one we planned

Constance - posted on 01/12/2013

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Yes it is possible if he hasn't pulled out fast enough. Although it's worked for me, I have only been pregnant when we tried and not from his lack of pulling out.

Stephanie - posted on 01/08/2013

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Mariah please go back and read ALL THE POSTS and the original. You will see we are trying to educate and spare a young woman from unwanted pregnancy and disease. One who is unmarried and seemingly uneducated enough to ask such a nieve question.

This is why I said it's time to close this post before another argument ensures. :(

Taylor - posted on 01/06/2013

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my advice to you... if you're truely not looking into any type of pregnancy at all

TAKE YOUR BIRTH CONTROL AND MAKE HIM PULL OUT WHILE WEARING A CONDOM AND USE THE RESTROOM RIGHT AFTER EVERY TIME...

even then .... you could still get pregnant

abstinence is key :)

Xandria - posted on 01/06/2013

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@ Danicia "my husband and i have been using the pull out method", that's great that you are married and that you happened not to get pregnant but that's completely different that a young girl who is having unprotected sex with her boyfriend. Would you honestly give the same advice to your kids.

It's not a fool proof method, I know because I wouldn't be here if it was. Some kind of birth control is necessary if you insist on having unprotected sex. If he doesn't want to use a condom there are other forms of birth control. Your local health department has different options and if you are over 18 you don't need a parent to go with you if you don't want to see your regular doctor. Plus it only works if he "remembers" to pull out.

Holly - posted on 12/30/2012

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lmbo....

Yeah.

Here is the stats for birth control effectiveness. According to the latest best case it's only 4 cases with ABSOLUTE perfect use per 100 women a year. Normal usage about 27 out of a 100 women will become pregnant. Only thing worse is natural family planning and only spermicide usage! I'd get something more reliable unless you are trying to get pregnant.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-...

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2012

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It's possible, depending on how virile a man is. My ex and I were relying on that along with the rhythm method, and it seemed to work pretty well since the only time I got pregnant is when he decided not to pull out. But, another partner also got me pregnant from a leak at the base of the condom, so it all depends on how virile your partner is. Don't rely on it, always use protection if you don't want to get pregnant.

Stephanie - posted on 12/29/2012

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I'm glad you took care of that Jodi...I had a whole paragraph made then erased it :-)

Stephanie - posted on 12/29/2012

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IT'S A BOY! Sorry had to throw in some smiles into this thread!...but yes it's a boy! :-)

AMANDA - posted on 12/28/2012

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yes!!! even if the man doesnt ejaculate in you he still has some sperm that comes out during the period of having sex so it is very possible to get pregnant when using this method.

Jodi - posted on 12/28/2012

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LOL, did you read those articles properly?

"While it's not likely, it is possible"

"exposure to pre-ejaculatory fluid can lead to pregnancy, play it smart and have him use a condom."

They also mention sperm IN the urethra, which still has nothing to do with the man cleaning himself properly, in case you were wondering.

Now, for some other Google comments:

"Pre-ejaculation is the liquid that seeps out of the penis before ejaculation occurs. This fluid is released from the cowpers gland, located at the top of the urethra. The purpose of this fluid is to reduce the acidity in the urethra and provide lubricant for the sperm that is released once ejaculation occurs. Most guys have no control over it and cannot feel it coming out. There is much conflicting data on whether this fluid contains sperm that can result in pregnancy. Some studies have concluded it does contain sperm and others have concluded it does not. Most sources do agree that without definitive confirmation, other precautions should still be taken to protect from pregnancy and STI transmission."

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/prevent...

"A recent UK study found that a third of men produced sperm before ejaculating—and with the exception of 4 out of 17 cases, all of the sperm were mobile, lively, and ready to ruin err—change your life. “This is the first study to show that pre-ejaculatory fluid could be fertile,” explains lead study author Stephen Killick, Ph.D. And yet, 23 percent of men penetrate before putting on a condom"

http://news.menshealth.com/the-surprisin...

You're right, google is a beautiful thing. I do hope this isn't patronising, as that was never my intention. My intention is ensuring that the OP has accurate information to prevent pregnancy.

Feah - posted on 12/27/2012

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I would like to mention its not "precum" that can get you pregnant. It the leftover sperm from a previous ejaculation.So relying on a man's ability to clean up is not a good plan :D.
Be safe get some birth control & use condoms.

Mandy - posted on 12/26/2012

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My ex-husband and I used the pull out method for 8 years and there no pregnancies.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/23/2012

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Oh my goodness, YES! (Not to mention there is no protection against any disease, unless you and your partner have both just been tested for everything, and are both totally faithful from then on!)

To be sure you understand WHY this is such a poor method of birth control (unlike a few people who don't seem to know that there is any scientific difference in the reliability of of one method versus another!), let me explain a few basic facts about how the penis works when a man gets excited. (BTW, just in case anyone has difficulty with the openness of my answer here, I would point out that this is a thread for women who are already sexually active, and no one who is willing to see or handle male genetalia can reasonably claim to be uncomfortable simply discussing it scientifically.)

When a man gets an erection, the penis begins to produce a fluid which is commonly referred to as "pre-ejaculate" or "pre-cum". It comes from the same source as semen, but is thinner and carries fewer sperm. It really is just as its name describes--a kind of beginning preparation for his later full ejaculation. This fluid also serves a useful purpose in intercourse, helping to increase a woman's lubrication and comfort from early on in the process.

If you are trying for (or don't mind having) a baby, then this pre-cum is actually a good thing for both partners. HOWEVER...and here is the biggest thing to know about the "Withdrawal Method", as his "pulling-out" is called (bigger than the more obvious problem that guys often can't time things right and accidentally ejaculate inside the woman before they can manage to pull out at all)--the biggest thing to know is that pre-cum already contains more than enough sperm to get a woman pregnant just by itself! It may have fewer sperm than the later, thicker semen does, but we are still talking about many thousand, or even million, sperm, when only ONE actually needs to do the trick. So, this method is basically just a pregnancy waiting to happen.

Ok, sex-ed lesson over! :-). But please find a gynecologist, either at a private office or at a good public clinic. If you are asking questions like this online, it means that you do not have the guidance and support of a trustworthy medical professional (and that you were not given all the clear information you obviously really needed back when you were younger and not yet sexually involved.)

Even if you aren't pregnant now, you still need regular gynecological check-ups, as well as correct, open, and honest help and advice about how to best care for your body and how to protect yourself from an unwanted pregnancy, as well as from any diseases. Then, if you do decide one day to have a baby (or, especially, if you are already pregnant), you MUST have regular and reliable medical care for yourself and your child from Day One to make sure you are both as healthy and safe as possible. The first part of any pregnancy is the most critical in the correct formation of the baby, and you will need an expert to help you make sure that all is going well, and that you are doing whatever you need to do (eating right, taking vitamins, not smoking or drinking, etc.) to protect the health of your growing child.

Children are the greatest blessing anyone could ever imagine (I literally could not live without mine). But I chose when to have each of them, and, so far as that freedom is possible, (no birth control method is perfect, but some are much closer than others!), we women deserve to educate our minds and take care of our bodies, so we can make the most of that freedom. Babies are a blessing no matter when they come, but I believe that being able to decide which time in our lives is the very best for that to happen is a special gift, not only for ourselves, but for our future children as well.

Best of luck to you...

Deah - posted on 12/23/2012

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You sure can...five weeks after giving birth I got pregnant with this method! My babes are 10 months apart...love them to death, but certainly not planned!

Stephanie - posted on 12/23/2012

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I guess I also should mention the first time I had sex without a condom...THE VERY FIRST TIME...I got pregnant only a few months before my 18 birthday. So always use a condom! NO qGLOVE NO LOVE. PERIOD! Teenage boys will say, do,lie to weasel their little sausage ihsw7%¡€›<‹nto your pants with out one. They will say it doesn't feel the same, too tight and it hurts, they Will Also try to tell you their johnson is too big! none of these are true completely.it only takes 1 time for him to pull the wool over your eyes and you are gifted with major 18 yr responsibility while they get off scott free

Chenoamasters - posted on 12/22/2012

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yes u can get pregnant from the pull out method and i did get prego for that and now i am 19 weeks and 1day today. i did not plan this i was drunk and all,. so yes u can get preg for that

Stephanie - posted on 12/22/2012

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O...and I would hate to find out "it doesn't work for me" the first time around!

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2012

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Personally, I think there are people all over this site that could do with a brush up on their sex ed. But anyhoo......

Stephanie - posted on 12/22/2012

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You assume that's her child. I don't think someone with a child would be nieve enough to ask such a question. And if they were they're obviously getting bad sex ed advice because it resulted in a child. If she had a child than she should have gotten some education from either her obgyn or pediatrician... who would surely have told her the pull out method is not safe!! And by encouragement... by reasurring her nothing will happen... your telling her that it's fine. I can't believe you would tell someone the pull out method is more fool proof than condoms!?!

Danicia - posted on 12/22/2012

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oh and stephanie, it wasn't encouragement, i simply stated my experience in response to her posted question.

Danicia - posted on 12/22/2012

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everyone knows the only fool proof way to prevent pregnancy is just not to have sex. stephanie- you assume she is a teen, if you look at her pic, it looks like she already has a child. if you already have a child you should be aware that sex carries risk of pregnancy regardless of what "method" you use to prevent it. my mom got preggo with my youngest siblings while trying to prevent pregnancy with contraception pills. you don't want to get pregnant, don't have sex- every other method has its fall out! lucky for us, pull out method works. doesn't work for others, bummer for them!

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