Can I avoid pregnancy without using a condom?

The chances of pregnancy with unprotected sex are quite high. This article explores the dangers associated with the practice.

Though everybody has sex, the number of myths associated with sex and an associated subject is shockingly high. For instance, many people believe that men always have stronger libidos than women. Or that sex during the monthly menstrual cycle can give the other partner sexual diseases.

However, the biggest myth many people labour under, is that using the withdrawal method during sex can prevent a pregnancy. Let’s discuss this in some detail, and why it is a dangerous practice.

What is the withdrawal method?

  • The method is one in which the male partner withdraws his penis from the female vagina just before he ejaculates. This method is used by couples who wish to avoid pregnancy without protection.
  • It is a commonly used method by couples who follow ‘safe days’ for sex, i.e. the brief interval between the end of the menstrual period and the start of the ovulation cycle about a week later.
  • The withdrawal method can, by no means, ensure that a pregnancy will not occur. Though the man may ejaculate outside the vagina, there is always some amount of pre-cum that is present in the vaginal canal during thrusting. The pre-cum also contains sperm, which might lead to a pregnancy.
  • The method is also used by couples who like to have sex without the use of a condom. However, as stated earlier, it may cause a pregnancy.

How to avoid pregnancy without protection?

It is not recommended that you have sex without the use of a condom, or another birth control method of your choice. The chances of pregnancy exist with sex without protection, unless you have sex –

* On the first or second day of the period. This is fine as long as your period follows a four- to five-day duration. The sperms can live in the vaginal canal for about 5 days, after which they die. So, the later you have sex without protection in the period, the higher the chances of pregnancy.

* When the woman does not get a period for a temporary (following medication to stop the cycle as part of fibroid treatment, for example) or permanent basis (following menopause), or because she does not ovulate at all.

* When the man has had a birth control surgery done, such as a vasectomy. You can avoidpregnancy without protection even when the woman has had a semi-permanent birth control procedure, such as inserting an IUD, or a permanent surgery, like a hysterectomy or tying the Fallopian tubes.

If you have been having sex without protection because you don’t like the feel of a condom, then you should try ultra-thin condoms that provide the closest skin-on-skin contact during sex. The condom is thin but sturdy enough to not tear even during rough sex. But if you have been having unprotected sex while trying to prevent a pregnancy, then it better to avoid the anxiety and risk by using a reliable birth control method.