Let’s be honest: many men just don’t like to use condoms. Interrupted intercourse, or the method in which the penis is pulled out before ejaculation, is a fairly common contraceptive practice. In fact, data show that this is the second most popular form of protection in the last 5 years.
And young couples are not the only ones who rely on this method. According to a 2013 report, 60% of women also use this method of contraception.
But does ripping before finishing actually work? What do the statistics say about its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy? Here are various statistics on this method of prevention.
The numbers don’t lie: interrupted sex is a very risky
If done correctly, the extraction method can actually be quite effective in preventing pregnancy. Couples who have been in a relationship for a long time and who use the intercourse method have exactly 4% chance of becoming pregnant in one year, according to research from Princeton University.
But for the average guy, not to mention an inexperienced teenager, it is very risky to use the pull-out method every time and hope that it will succeed at just the right time. More often than not, guys pull out too late, resulting in ending up with their partners. And doing so increases a woman’s risk of pregnancy to 22%.
In addition, even if everything goes smoothly, a man’s penis still secretes fluid during sex, which may contain a small amount of sperm. In that case, all you need is one avid swimmer to greatly increase your risk.
Also, keep in mind that interrupted sex does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). As many STDs can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, the extraction method is inherently invalid in this case . Even STDs, which can only be absorbed through body fluids, can still be transmitted through pre-ejaculatory fluids and vaginal fluids, so you still need to pack your ‘friend’ if you want to protect yourself.
In short, if one of the partners involved has not recently had an STD test and you are not trying to conceive, it is best to avoid using the aborted sexual intercourse method.