"Pullout" birth control method: More effective than you think

A recent study found that the pull out method works nearly as well as condoms when used properly. Before some poor sheep farmer with too many kids first strapped a crude sheepskin condom on, the only birth control people had was pulling out, and the mythological "rhythm method." Since the rise of latex condoms and birth control pills, pulling-out has increasingly been thought of as being about as effective at preventing pregnancy as a woman jumping up and down after sex.

I understand the precaution in promoting this form. Pulling-out offers no protection from STDs, and some men, for whatever reason, may not pullout in time.

Still, this practice should receive more attention. Pulling-out would be especially helpful for religious couples in monogamous relationships who don't believe in artificial birth control. Pulling-out is as natural as the rhythm method, and when used in unison these two God-friendly sexual practices would do more to prevent unplanned pregnancy than all the praying in the world.

Learning about the merits of pulling-out will also benefit people like me, whose fear of pregnancy ruins most all the pleasure of promiscuous sex. Now, even if the condom breaks (which happens quite often when you walk around with the same rubber in your wallet for a year), and even if my bed mate lies about being on birth control or refuses to take the morning after pill, I'll take faith in pulling out.

Of all the questionable sexual practices today's youth are picking up from internet porn, who knew the ubiquitous "money shot" scene may actually be instilling viewers with a positive practice.

To read more about the Pullout method check out alternet.org


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