Birth Control

Getting Pregnant from Precum

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Birth Control |

The word “precum” is used colloquially to describe the fluid that is secreted by an aroused penis ahead of ejaculation of seminal fluid (known also as “cum”). Generally speaking, the earlier release of fluid serves only for purposes of lubrication. It is secreted from a gland near the head of the penis and in most cases does not contain viable sperm cells. Having said this, however, it is possible for sperm cells to be present in this fluid. This is especially true at time when the...

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The Pull Out Method of Contraception

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Birth Control |

Many people disparage the pull out method as a method of birth control, citing the incidence of parenthood among those who practice it—but generally this is the case only when the method has not properly been practiced. More formally known as Coitus interruptus (a Latin phrase which translates literally to mean “interrupted intercourse”), the pull out method consists of a man withdrawing his penis from his partner’s vagina before ejaculating. The idea behind this method is that the...

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Using the Rhythm Method

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Birth Control |

The rhythm method of contraception has been used for decades by couples who do not wish to risk a pregnancy. The method itself consists of observing the timing of a woman’s cycle, using that information to predict which days she is most likely to become pregnant, and avoiding intercourse on those fertile days. This method can be fairly reliable in cases where the woman’s cycle is very regular, and therefore predictable. It lacks reliability, however, for women whose cycles can not be easily...

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Pregnancy with Condom Use

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Birth Control |

The condom has a much longer history than many people realize, dating back for centuries in cultures around the globe. Made from different substances and with different designs, they were often intended not to prevent pregnancy (an issue which was most often viewed as the responsibility of the female), but to protect the wearer from contracting disease. In ancient China, condoms were made of intestines or oiled silk paper; in Japan they were constructed of animal horn or tortoise shell; in...

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Getting Pregnant by Withdrawal

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Birth Control |

There is an old joke about what to call people who use the early withdrawal approach to birth control. The punch line says, “You call them parents.” The joke stems from the high incidence of parenthood among people who have practiced this as their only form of birth control. In truth, however, the failure rate of this method is primarily due to imperfect use, rather than a flaw in the method itself. The underlying principle behind the withdrawal method is that the man should withdraw his...

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