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Withdrawal as a means of contraceptive - reliable/ not reliable....

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ScullyMa Wed 08-Jun-16 12:47:47

I know I am probably about to get flamed here and I definitely think I am being less than sensible, but can we have a discussion about the use of withdrawal as a contraceptive?
I've been on the pill - it was a nightmare, I went on the coil - it was worse, dh and I have discussed him having a vasectomy - he isn't keen as not sure we're 'done' with having children and we, when being sensible, use condoms.
Dh is 90% sure he doesn't want another child, I'm very unsure either way but also extremely proud and happy with our two children. When in the 'throes of passion' we have on a number of occasions used withdrawal instead. I think we are being rather silly but it is easy to get carried away in the moment. Can I please have others experiences/ views on withdrawal as a form of contraceptive - how much of a risk am I running? But I have to say I hate condoms and do prefer this method but reading very mixed messages about how reliable it is. If we fell pregnant it wouldn't be a disaster but I would rather if we have another child it is a planned decision not an accident.

PPie10 Wed 08-Jun-16 12:50:17

how much of a risk am I running?

Oh you can't be that daft reallyhmm

katand2kits Wed 08-Jun-16 12:51:54

Why not try natural family planning, and just use condoms during the times you are fertile?

ShowOfHands Wed 08-Jun-16 12:52:01

If used perfectly it's very reliable.

It's almost impossible to use it perfectly.

NeedACleverNN Wed 08-Jun-16 12:52:18

If you definitely do not want another child you would be taking a major risk

It is unreliable. You will get people saying they use it and it works but is it worth the risk really?

DoubleCarrick Wed 08-Jun-16 12:53:42

We used natural family planning methods. I didn't get pregnant for six months. Only fell pregnant when we starting ttc. But then my cycle is pretty regular. We were happy to take that risk because we knew ttc was on the cards so it would have been a "happy accident"

Mommawoo Wed 08-Jun-16 12:54:34

You can pregnant without your husband ejaculating. I think its called called pre sperm or something and leaks out of a mans penis during sex and actually contains a more concentrated type of sperm that can result in pregnancy. I'm sure I read that somewhere and and didnt just make it up.

splendide Wed 08-Jun-16 12:55:04

We used it for a about 10 years and never had a problem then when we wanted to conceive it happened first month.

But it wouldn't have been a huge disaster if we'd had a slip up - now it would be a huge disaster so I have a coil!

Pseudonym99 Wed 08-Jun-16 12:56:15

Sperm leak out of the penis before ejaculation. Therfore withdrawal is not a form of contraception. Unless by withdrawal you mean withdraw from sex completely?

splendide Wed 08-Jun-16 12:56:55

Momma - that's not correct. There is no sperm in pre-ejaculate (concentrated or otherwise). If the man has ejaculated recently though there can be sperm lurking which can then emerge with the pre-ejaculate. So you need to be careful of that.

splendide Wed 08-Jun-16 12:58:40

Having a pee can clear any lurking sperm by the way.

BalloonSlayer Wed 08-Jun-16 12:58:58

not sure we're 'done' with having children

Oh you are SO right! grin

NeedACleverNN Wed 08-Jun-16 13:00:16

Having a pee can clear any lurking sperm by the way

How the hell can that work since it's different hole?

splendide Wed 08-Jun-16 13:02:10

The man having a pee not the woman!

StarlingMurmuration Wed 08-Jun-16 13:02:22

If the man has a pee, Need.

contortionist Wed 08-Jun-16 13:02:29

It's the man having a pee!

AlfrescoBalconyWanker Wed 08-Jun-16 13:02:50

There are (at least) two kids in DC4's class of 30 alone that are a result of withdrawal. Or lack of. And those are just the two who have mothers that got drunk enough on a night out to confess to it grin

DownstairsMixUp Wed 08-Jun-16 13:04:20

Its defintely not effective. We used it for five years and i never got pregnant though (we knew we would be fine if we had a baby) now he has had the snip.

StarlingMurmuration Wed 08-Jun-16 13:04:29

Anyway, I believe that natural family planning is pretty reliable if you use contraception during your fertile days, and track those religiously. If you're having sex without contraception every couple of days throughout the month, and relying on withdrawal, I'd say you're probably going to get pregnant within a year. If you're both fertile.

KateLivesInEngland Wed 08-Jun-16 13:04:35

For goodness sakes op, you sound like a naive 14yr old.
In fact, when I was that age I was propositioned pretty much in this exact way by an older boy and I had the sense then to send him packing.
Congratulations on your next child flowers

NeedACleverNN Wed 08-Jun-16 13:05:27

Aaah don't mind me grin

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Wed 08-Jun-16 13:05:50

It's quite reliable.

If you want to get pregnant.

splendide Wed 08-Jun-16 13:06:49

smile Need!

I so nearly replied it isn't a different hole! Then I realised.

I sort of wish I hadn't as we could have had a brilliant cross purposes debate!

Mommawoo Wed 08-Jun-16 13:07:21

Ahh, thank you splendide!

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 08-Jun-16 13:07:24

Definitely reliable for us (so far, of course!). Been using it for about 4 years, in that time we've had DS but he was planned and took one attempt on one day when I knew I was fertile. Wouldn't be using it if another DC would be a disaster, though!

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