Post # 1
Have you used the pull out method as a form of protection? I haven’t ever relied on it, but I can see why some people would.
If the Pull Out Method is always done correctly it is 96% effective. That is pretty good, I’d say that counts as a legitimate form of birth control. However, there is a risk for error and then it becomes just 73% effective.
Condoms are 98% effective when used perfectly and 82% effective when not always used correctly.
The Pill is 99% effective when used perfectly and 91% effective when not always used correctly.
This is all from plannedparenthood.org
Post # 3
No, I’ve never relied on just the pull out method. We don’t want kids right now, so we have always used condoms and/or hormonal birth control. Preventing pregnancy isn’t something I particularly want to half ass.
Post # 4
Yep. I’m also on BCP and we usually use condoms. We wanted to try a few times without condoms. We’ve probably also used it with condoms, but it would have been because I was in pain and wouldn’t have been pre-planned.
Post # 5
That’s all we use but I also have pcos ( irregular periods and will probably really have to try and conceive) so although I do not want to be pregnant before getting married- it also wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@RedPandas: No, I will never use the pull out method. I don’t care if there are statistics, to me, it’s not a good form of BC. It’s one step away from just not trying to prevent, and I refuse to take the risk of getting pregnant right now. No offense intended to those who use it, I just won’t.
Post # 8
I think the pull out method could be a good option for people who aren’t actively trying, but if they accidentally got pregnant then they would be ok with that. While I do think that it can be 96% effective if done correctly every time, I think it’s hard to do correctly every time. I think there is more room for error using the pull out method than taking a pill everyday or using a condom every time.
DH and I are planning to TTC in June, but I’m going off birth control in January. We are planning on using the pull out method and NFP with condoms during my fertile window between January and June. But if we got pregnant a little early it would be ok with us just not ideal.
Post # 9
I had a psychotic, abusive ex-boyfriend who insisted that if I REALLY loved him and trusted him, that I’d trust him to use just the pull out method.
Later, I found out that he would intentionally pull out late to try to get me pregnant (so I wouldn’t leave). Luckily, I never got pregnant (as far as I know, he’s sterile).
That being said, I will never trust ANYONE again when it comes to pull-and-pray!
Post # 10
Oh my goodness. That is INSANE. You poor girl 🙁 That’s really good that you’re not with him anymore.
Post # 11
@Tomato22: Why does it need to be either/or though? It can be both/and.
Post # 12
Yeah I agree. I could see myself using it when I’m getting close to trying and I would be fine with being pregnant. I wouldn’t have wanted to use it when I was still in college. I think I would be slightly nervous each month when waiting for my period to come and waste a lot of $ on pregnancy tests lol
Post # 13
yup…doesnt always work…we werent trying or preventing to get pregnant though…most times it worked but one time it didnt…im on the pill now so we dont even try that anymore
Post # 14
@RedPandas: This is one of those “do as I say, not as I do” things. I would never recommend someone to rely on the pull out method, but my husband and I have been using it exclusively for nearly 9 years and it has never failed.
Post # 15
@ImmaBee: “Preventing pregnancy isn’t something I particularly want to half ass.” THIS.
I don’t think pull out method used withthout some other method of birth control. Chances for error with the pull method seem much higher. With a birth control pill, if you take it a bit late when you usually take it exactly on time, your protection is hardly altered. With the pull out method, if you pull out a bit a late you are not protected at all. There is a margin of error for both methods, but it seems like I’d rather not leave such a crucial decision to a man on the verge of orgasm. If you REALLY don’t want to get pregnant, I don’t think it’s wise to use it as your only bc.
Post # 16
I could NEVER rely on just that method. I don’t know how girls can relax and enjoy sex if they don’t want to get pregnant, but only use pull-out.