Trojan, Durex, Lifestyles…watch out! A new study indicates that there is another method of birth control that may be almost as effective as condoms in preventing pregnancy. The best part is, it doesn’t require any pill, patch, or plastic; doesn’t include side effects of weight gain or nausea; and there’s no wasted rip’n’roll time.
It’s withdrawing, or “pulling out” as it is often referred.
The study, by sex researcher Rachel K. Jones, indicates that “if the male partner withdraws before ejaculation every time a couple has vaginal intercourse, about 4 % of the couples will become pregnant over the course of a year.” With an 18% failure rate, the pull-out method comes pretty close to matching up with that of the condom’s 17% failure rate.
Whaaaa? Haven’t we been taught forever that pulling out is the worst method of birth control? Haven’t we been giving up on the pleasure of condomless sex because it’s almost guaranteed that pulling out will leave us preggers? And, sidenote, condoms have a 17% failure rate? Why did no one tell me?!
This news is huge and sure to change some people’s decisions in the bedroom. Will people abandon the long loved (or loathed-but-dealt-with-because-having-a-baby-is-a-whole-lot-worse-than-a-little-less-sensitivity) latex that’s legacy as one of the most popular methods of contraception has lasted for over 400 years? It’s making me think a little bit…
But then again, would anyone be able to truly enjoy themselves without the latex barrier to protect them? I mean, this method may seem super awesome, but what about STDs? Nowadays, diseases run rampant throughout college campuses, and “pulling out” can’t guarantee protection from those gross, and often deadly infections. And who says the guy is even withdrawing at the right moment? I don’t trust guys to order me the right drink at the bar (I’m picky…), so how can I trust them to do this right? If they wait even a second too long, it could mean a baby in my belly.
How comfortable are you depending on this method for birth control? Does this study change your attitude about protection?