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An article in the June issue of Contraception magazine (who knew such a publication existed?) posits, based on an analysis of studies, that the pull-out method is "almost as effective as the male condom—at least when it comes to pregnancy prevention."
Now, we have no medical background, and we couldn't be bothered to read the entire 10-page PDF of the article, but the first thing that springs to mind is pre-cum. We were told way back when that it was just as easy to catch an STD or that pesky pregnancy disease with pre-cum as it was with proper ejaculation. We guess it's possible that was bullshit and the pull-out method is safe, but based on what we know about sex, and semen and, well, men we just don't buy it. Our friends over at our less-slutty sister site Babble agree:
The authors of the article say that “the intention was not to advocate withdrawal, but to advocate talking about it.” Personally, I don’t think anyone, especially guys, need an excuse to avoid using condoms.
Plus, this is what we're "talking" about:
If the male partner withdraws before ejaculation every time a couple has vaginal intercourse, about 4 percent of couples will become pregnant over the course of a year.
Even if that is true, 4% is far too risky for us. We prefer the triple-whammy contraception method: pill, plus condom, plus a good punch in the stomach after sex.
What do you think? (Not about the punch in the stomach part, we were just joking about that.)