Withdrawal Method

Withdrawal method or coitus interruptus is a type of birth control method, where the penis is withdrawn from the vagina right before ejaculation. It is not an effective way to prevent pregnancy, as sperm can enter the vagina if the timing of withdrawal is not proper or if there is sperm in the pre-ejaculate fluid.

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How long does it take to get periods after withdrawal bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor,I had my last period on the 30th of last month. I have a 25-day cycle with 5 days of bleeding. I had sex on the 6th of this month. Although we used withdrawal method, I took an ipill within six hours, just as a precaution. I started a light bleed on the 12th of this month until the 20t...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you have taken the emergency contraceptive pill within 72 hours of intercourse, there is no chance of pregnancy. The delay could be due to hormonal changes caused by the pill. And, the spotting which you had was withdrawal bleeding. However, if you are...  Read Full »

I used the withdrawal method for family planning and missed my periods. Any chances of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,My periods got delayed. I used the withdrawal method for family planning. The home pregnancy test was negative after three weeks of unprotected sex. I have never had a delayed period, and my last period was almost two months back. Any chances of me being pregnant? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Since you have no history of irregular periods and you are not on any kind of medication, there is a chance of being pregnant. The withdrawal method is the most unreliable method of birth control as even the precum can cause pregnancy a...  Read Full »

I feel urgency to defecate, gassy, and bowel rumbling. Is this due to quitting marijuana?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36-year-old male, and for the last month on and off, I have been having urgency to defecate, extremely gassy, bowel rumbling, the undigested fiber in stool, and floating stool sometimes. The stool breaks apart in water and becomes mushy. I had a colonoscopy and full bloodwork ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms you mention can be due to marijuana withdrawal symptoms that happened due to the stop of marijuana. It is important to remain sober since long-term use of these addictive drugs may affect your cognition, function, and dependence on these drugs. Me...  Read Full »

Why is my wife experiencing heavy bleeding with all other pregnancy symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife and I had sex one and a half months ago. We used the withdrawal method for contraception. After four weeks, she showed all the pregnancy symptoms including delayed period. Five weeks after the intercourse, she had heavy bleeding and it continued for four days. I think it was a...  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A negative pregnancy test rules out pregnancy. But, to be safe, you can get a serum beta hCG test done. A negative result will rule out any possibility of pregnancy. All the pregnancy symptoms can occur in the case of pregnancy in tubes, called as ectopic pregnancy, wh...  Read Full »

I bled before my period after doing sex with a pull-out method. Can I be pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18, and I had unprotected sex a few times last month using the pull-out method. I thought that I could not get pregnant with that method. I am stressed that I could be pregnant because I had some bleeding a week before my period. The bleeding was less than usual, but I still needed p...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rightly said, withdrawal is not an effective method. As the precum or pre-seminal fluid (the clear fluid that comes out before the semen) is rich in active with healthy sperms, it can be enough for you to get pregnant. I cannot tell you conclusively if that was an im...  Read Full »

What can I do to prevent pregnancy after sex on day 15 of the cycle?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 161 cm and 78 kg and taking Crestor. I had intercourse on the night of my 15th day of the cycle using the withdrawal method, and the next day early morning (day 16 of the cycle), I felt the ovulation pain. I took four pills of Zahra (same contains as Yasmin) 12 hours after interco...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H. Mavani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You had followed the withdrawal method. Secondly, you had taken emergency pills within 12 hours. You had taken maximum precautions, which we can do. Further, do take precautions of having safe intercourse during this cycle also. You had felt ovulation pain, but it is no...  Read Full »

Are symptoms of pregnancy and premenstrual cycle relatively the same?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I had unprotected sex. The first time, we both were drunk, but I know I did not ejaculate. Also, we did not use any form of contraception. She was ovulating during the second time and I used the withdrawal method. What are the chances that she can get pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, ovulation is the period wherein egg is released from the ovary and that needs a single sperm to head towards a pregnancy. There is about 30% chance of getting pregnant following unprotected sex during ovulation. How can you be so sure about her ovulation? Di...  Read Full »

How to avoid pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex and took I-pill the next morning within 10 hours. After three days, I bled and it lasted for three days. Also, I had my periods the next month, which lasted for seven days. I am a bit worried whether there is still any chance to get pregnant. Please let me know. Than...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your chance of getting pregnant after two consecutive menstrual cycles is negligible and impossible. To the best of my professional knowledge, I can assure that you shall not be pregnant. A token of advice to you is if you have regular 25 to 32 day cycle, then you may ...  Read Full »

What is the success rate of condoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 years old. I am getting a little bit anxious about getting pregnant. I have a partner and we had sex three times, yesterday and the first two times he used condoms but we got run out and we use a pull out method. It is like two days before I got my period and my tracker says th...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. What you are saying is correct that chances of pregnancy are relatively less when the period is about to start, like two days in your case. And the condom is pretty reliable (98%). Pull out method is one of t...  Read Full »

My wife missed her periods even though I did not ejaculate during sex. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sex with my wife and I am very sure that I did not ejaculate. But, there were some white watery drops outside her vagina. Now, she did not get her periods this month. We had sex on the 8th and her periods normally start from 15th to 20th of every month. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your history, you seem to be ejaculated inside her. Therefore, it is possible that your wife maybe pregnant. The only way to know for sure is to get a blood test done. It is the serum beta hCG test (human chorionic gonadotropin). This will tell us whether her perio...  Read Full »

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