Withdrawal

What the packet says

What is withdrawal?

How withdrawal works

The idea behind the withdrawal method relies on the penis being all the way out of the vagina before ejaculation and ejaculation occurring away from the vagina or vulva. This doesn’t take into account issues with achieving this or the existence of pre-ejaculate (aka pre-cum). Doctors in the UK advise against the withdrawal method as a method of contraception on its own. If practised correctly withdrawal may work for some couples, particularly as a backup to other methods of contraception.

Withdrawal side effects

  • Tender Breasts
  • Enlarged Breasts
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Thrush

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent
  • Similar to

    Typical effectiveness

    71

    %

    Contains hormones

    No

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    Reviews

    2/5
    31/03/2021
    Withdrawal
    I used this (risky) method for around 18 months with my boyfriend. I’ve had some really negative experiences with ...
    3/5
    09/02/2021
    Withdrawal
    I used this method with an ex during a 4 year-long relationship. The only reason we didn’t use condoms was because...
    4/5
    29/10/2020
    Withdrawal
    This method is a great option in a steady couple, when you have a clean bill of health (no STIs), and when you have good...

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