In fact, a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 60% of the female population in the US (or their partners) have used the withdrawal method at least once. This makes it one of the most common methods of contraception. And a 2015 study revealed that 7% of female and 6% of male respondents claim that withdrawal is their only method of contraception during sexual intercourse.
Even though the pullout method might seem convenient, it carries a few risks that could result in some major inconveniences (to put it mildly). The withdrawal method doesn’t provide protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). And even if your partner pulls out before ejaculation, you may still be exposed to sperm cells in the form of precum. This is why, yes, you can get pregnant from precum.
So, what is precum? And why isn’t the pullout method a reliable method of birth control? We asked the experts.