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Withdrawal method or coitus interruptus is a type of birth control method, where the penis is withdrawn from the vagina right before ejaculation.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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I have been feeling tired, nauseous, and unable to focus on my daily tasks after having sex using the withdrawal method. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I had unprotected sex near the end of my period. We used the withdrawal method. Everything seemed fine. I did not get any symptoms of early pregnancy because I did end up getting my period. However, I am still feeling very tired. Sometimes nauseous now and then. It i...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Have a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Practice exercise, walking, and yoga to have a normal BMI and weight. If ...  Read Full »

Does brown spotting mean I am pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, The last day of my period was 25 days back. My partner and I had unprotected sex a week later using the withdrawal method. Last day, I experienced having a light brown spot. My next period is due in a few days. I am 18 years old. Am I pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Drops of semen if by chance transfer to the vagina, then just a single sperm is enough to have conception but this process is not so simple as it seems. You are scared even without penetrative sex but as it was done around fertile period so that is why thinking of the p...  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 th...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

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. Meanwhil...  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

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 »

My girlfriend and I had unprotected sex after her ovulation, and I pulled out. Can there be any danger?

Query: Hello doctor,My girlfriend and I had sexual intercourse before her ovulation without any protection, and I also pulled out. We did the act on two separate days, and she took an emergency pill right after that. After her ovulation, we had sex again, and this time also, we did it without protection, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for trusting us for your health care. I have gone through your history and understand your concern. As you had unprotected sex, I suggest, I-pill (Levonorgestrel) 1.5 mg as early as possible (maximum within 72 hours of intercourse). Only one tablet is requir...  Read Full »

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 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 »

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. Balakrishnan R

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. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

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 »

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