6/09/2014

Pull & Pray Might Actually Work

So, while stumbling around on the internet searching for resources for making printables, I somehow came across LiveStrong.com's 16 Things You Probably Don't Know About Birth Control and was quite surprised when I came to Fact #16:
The “Pull Out Method” Is Fairly Effective, But Not Foolproof.
Pull Out Withdrawal Method #birthcontrol #contraception
My first reaction is simply to laugh. However, a little Google search informed me that pulling out (AKA: the withdrawal method) is no longer holding the bad rap it used to. Okay, so, I'm still laughing even if there was a study published in Contraception magazine.

I'm on board with Dr. Melissa Gilliam who reportedly told the New York Times:
In terms of a reliable method used over and over again, the risk of failure is quite high.
The biggest concern among medical professionals and especially teachers (and I'm sure parents, too) is that this sort of information and data doesn't translate the message we want to send our youth, especially teenagers. Even if only 4% (4 out of every 100) of couples who do it right every single time will get pregnant, which puts pulling out close the the effectiveness of a condom, it does not protect against STDs and requires great self control and experience.

So, I'm still pegging this birth control method as risky and relatively irresponsible, especially for casual sex.
Do you think this method of birth control is viable? How do you feel about these facts?

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21 comments :

  1. I have 3 children and not 2 - need I say more!

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  2. I laughed out loud at Julia's comment... yeah... I don't have much faith in this.

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    1. I found the whole thing hilarious. Which is mostly why I shared!

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  3. I wouldn't trust it personally. There could be a couple of good swimmers in there.

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    1. Riiiiight?! I always thought that, too. Of course, the articles stress that all of this is only true when done RIGHT...and done right every time. LOL.

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  4. I am pretty skeptical on this, but I know people who have been successful. I personally would just use protection

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  5. Lol, this method never works!! It's the kind of thing high school students do who are too embarrassed to ask their parents to go with them to get the pill.

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    1. I totally agree with the high school kid thing.

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  6. Just use the pill and a condom combo, better to be safe than sorry.

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    1. I'm fixed, but otherwise I agree with you. If you really don't want a baby with that person, why not go triple and make them pull out, too?

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  7. I wouldn't trust this! Better safe than sorry!

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  8. Condom seems to be a safer option.

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  9. Use a condom along with a second choice of birth control method at the same time.

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  10. I'm sure it improves the odds, but there's NO way I would trust that method.

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  11. Funny story and comments. Just use the pill!

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  12. We don't do this way scared that it won't work.

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    1. Yeah if it's something you're super serious about, I think taking birth control and/or using a condom is probably the more reliable route. However, for whatever reason, some people claim they can't use either one of those methods sometimes (allergies or medical reasons or something) and consider this a viable alternative. Again, the fact that precision and self-control and knowledge of one's own body (in the man's case) is absolutely key means that you might not want to take a chance with this method if a baby is a huge no-no.

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  13. I was using this method during and got 3 out of my 5 kids. But we knew it wasn't effective and were ok with what might happen.

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  14. Umm yeah, definitely not a method I would ever rely on! I agree with Liz, it might improve the odds but wouldnt trust it.

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  15. I'm probably one of the lucky ones who always had it work out with the pull out method :) I know not everyone is so lucky though because I'm the only one in my family who didn't have children out of wedlock either :)

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