A recent study showed that the pull out method of contraception has nearly the same rate of effectiveness as condoms. Check it out:
“Although withdrawal may not be as effective as some contraceptive methods, it is substantially more effective than nothing, ” said the report. “It is also convenient, requires no prior planning and there is no cost involved.”
Jones noted that one persistent myth often cited as a drawback to withdrawal — that there is mobile sperm in pre-ejaculate — is actually contradicted by two studies cited by the National Institutes of Health.
“In two small studies there is no sperm in the fluid, ” she said. “If the guy has had sex in the last couple of hours is the only way it gets in pre-cum. But if you go to the bathroom, it flushes the sperm out.”
But the study is controversial, and has been met with criticism, with family planning researchers saying it should only be used as a stopgap measure or emergency protection. Hormones and intra-uterine devices (IUDs) are still considered the most effective methods of birth control.
Baby and Blog writer Alicia B. recently wrote about stopping her use of birth control pills because of the hormone’s negative effects on her body.
I’m a fan of the pull out method, and have used it successfully for the past 7 years. I also recently downloaded menstrual and ovulation apps on my phone so I’m more aware of what’s going on in my body.
But I’m curious moms. What is your preferred method of birth control? Share your experiences and advice!