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AUDIO: Dr. Marty Klein - Is Pulling Out An Effective Pregnancy Prevention Method?

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No sex or marriage question is too embarrassing because it’s time to ask EmpowHer’s sexuality expert Dr. Marty Klein anything.

Now when you have questions about sexual health, you know, EmpowHer.com is a good place to go, like this woman did here. She says, “Dear Dr. Klein, I am newly married and my husband and I don’t use any contraceptives. He pulls it out just in time,” now presumably this woman means his penis. “He pulls it out just in time before ejaculating. Although he does this just at the nick of time every time, I wonder about the potential failure rate of this method. Any comments?”

Dr. Marty Klein:
Well, yeah, I actually do have a few comments about that. To answer your specific question, the failure rate of pulling out is as much as 28% with adults, and what that means is, one out of four people who use this method of pregnancy prevention get pregnant. So, it’s better than nothing, but you are taking a very, very big chance, and I am not exactly sure why.

There are a lot of methods out there.

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