Curious about the pull out method, help me out girls?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1050 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Wanted to chime in that if you’re 100% sure he pulled out, it’s probably just EWCM on the toilet paper if you’re close to ovulation!

Post # 5
2766 posts
Sugar bee

Withdrawal can definitely be used succesfully if the guy has good control – my ex and I used the withdrawal method for 2 years without incident. But accidents CAN happen, you should probably keep a dose of emergency contraception on hand for cases like this.

Post # 7
100 posts
Blushing bee

I am almost 15 weeks pregnant and we concieved using the pull out method. We had been doing this for over a year with no problems. I know for sure he pulled out all the way. But there is sperm in pre-ejaculation so I’m pretty sure that is how I got pregnant. 

Hope everything turns out ok for you!

Post # 8
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hmmm, to be honest you could be pregnant… only time will tell.

The failure rate is high for “coitus interruptus” (the latin) for Withdrawal / Pull-Out Method.

Like 15% to 28% IN THE FIRST YEAR.

Wikipedia – Coitus Interruptus =

IF you aren’t pregnant this time… you could be in the future if you are young female with lots of ripe eggs, and a man who has TONS of happy sperm, and you have sex regularly.

(An average male will produce somewhere between 30 and 300 MILLION sperm per ml of ejaculate, a man in his 20s aprox 3 mls for each sexual session… that is a frickin’ lot of POTENTIAL to get pregnant)

Something to think about.


Post # 9
2291 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

You can ger pregnant from precum. It’s not as potent but it does contain sperm, especially closer towards ejaculation. You should use other birth control unless you are NTNP.

Post # 10
1996 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I know 2 couples who went years using the pull out method & never got pregnant. Also have a friend who got pregnant after 1 night of the pull out method. It really can go either way. Too many factors ti say you are or aren’t pregnant. I’d take a pregnancy test & if you aren’t pregnant talk to your doctor about getting on bc asap. 

Post # 11
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@MsSparklyBee:  +100

@caf2013:  OP, I have a couple of friends who have gotten pregnant a la the pullout method. Precum is dangerous business, as it still technically contains sperm. (Similar to what TTR said, it’s particularly dangerous when you’re young and, er, fertile.)

Honestly, there’s no way for you to know, except for to take a pregnancy test.

On the other hand… I don’t know about you, but I know that stress makes my body (vag included) do wonky things. You may just be nauseous and crampy from stressing about this incident.

Good luck!

Post # 12
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Dh and I used the pull out method for years before marriage and for a few months after it always worked great for us. It took us about 6 mo. After not using it to conceive so I’d say we’re of average fertility lol wait a few and take a test. 

Post # 13
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I got pregnant from using the pullout method ONCE from an ex (unfortunately ended in m/c). We had always used condoms and rarely had intercourse because he had performance issues and we both were super busy/it was a casual relationship. It was literally the only time that MONTH we had sex and the one time we decided to not use a condom. I know he pulled out completely too. So yes, it can happen. Then again, I’ve known people who exclusively used the withdrawl method for years, and were fine. Once they stopped they were able to conceive so I think there are really a lot of factors – the man’s biology (maybe there is a difference in guys in when sperm is released during orgasm?), his level of control/timing, if you have sex multiple times in a row (sperm can be left over in/on penis and THAT can cause pregnancy), sperm count/female fertility, and just plain old luck. Honestly, if you are positive you do not want a child, I wouldn’t risk it. 


Especially if you’re doing it multiple times in a row without him peeing between…


Post # 14
13168 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

You could definitely be pregnant.  You were having unprotected sex (and it sounds like it was in your fertile window).  The pull-out method is really not reliable.

No way to really know though until you can take a pregnancy test.

Post # 16
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Before ttc, I used the pull-out-method for about 2.5 years with no issues. Kindof funny, because just last week my dr was asking what birth control method I’m going to be interested in now that I just had my baby and sometimes they look at me like I’m crazy when I say we just pull out, lol. It all depends on how in-tune the man is with his body so that  you don’t get slip-ups. If he’s been pulling out for a while with no issue, it’s probably fine. As others have said, it may have been ewcm, so don’t freak out quite yet! 🙂 Best of luck to you!

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