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Newborn and Infant Care

Sex

12/04/1997

Question:

CAN YOU GET PREGNANT IF A GUY PULLS IT OUT BEFORE HE EJACULATES?

Answer:

Yes, you can get pregnant. Prior to ejaculation there is preejaculatory fluid which can contain sperm. This preejaculatory fluid may escape from the penis during the excitement phase, prior to ejaculation, depositing sperm into the vagina with the possibility of a pregnancy occurring. Withdrawal prior to ejaculation is called coitus interruptus, a very unreliable form of birth control. The failure rate of coitus interruptus is close to 20%. If you do not desire a pregnancy at this time you need to seek out your health care provider and determine the best type of birth control for you and your partner.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati