You Asked It — Coitus InterrWHATus?

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My girlfriend and I use the pull out method, and my friend said she could still get pregnant if we did that. How would that work if I don’t come inside of her?

We love jokes about birth control! The pull out method? We don’t love so much.

Your friend is right — your girlfriend can definitely get pregnant if you’re using the pullout method (also known as withdrawal or coitus interruptus, if you want to be fancy) as your primary form of contraception. Even if you don’t come inside of your girlfriend, your pre-ejaculatory fluid (pre-cum) can still contain sperm and get her pregnant. Also, it can be really hard (no pun intended) to pull out at just the right moment every single time. If you’re worried about pregnancy, look into another method of birth control: condoms, the pill, an IUD . . . there are lots of options! You can come by the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and our doctors will be happy to help you find a method that’s right for you and your girlfriend.

About You Asked It

At the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, we answer a lot of questions. Topics range from nutrition to pregnancy prevention, and everything in between. Now, we’re bringing these questions back to you with our new weekly advice column, You Asked It. Got a question? Holler at us in the comments, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter, or email us at

Missed a You Asked It post? Check out our previous Q&As: Modest at the Docs, Condom Problems and Boys & Shots.