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Unreliable methods

You don’t want to get pregnant? You don’t want to get a girl pregnant? Then take the pill, use condoms or get a coil. Find out below which methods of contraception are not reliable!

Withdrawal

What you do

The man withdraws his penis from the woman’s vagina just before he has an orgasm. Semen doesn’t enter the vagina.

Unsafe!

Often semen is released before you think it is. So this is not a safe method.

Fertility awareness method 1: length of menstrual cycle

What you do

You only have sex on the days the woman is less fertile. 

How does that work? A woman has a menstrual cycle. This means she has a period once a month. But it also means that she is fertile (and could get pregnant) on certain days of the month and is less fertile on other days. Some women can work out which days they’ll have their period and which days they won’t. They only have sex on the days that they’re not likely to be fertile.

Unsafe!

You can’t always work out exactly when you are or aren’t fertile.

About 50% of the women using this method get pregnant anyway. That makes it an unreliable method of contraception. 

Fertility awareness method 2: body temperature

What you do

You only have sex on the days the woman is less likely to be fertile.

How does that work? On the days a woman is fertile, her body temperature is a bit higher than on other days. By taking your temperature every day, you can estimate when you’re more or less likely to be fertile.

Unsafe!

This method is difficult to use. It tends to be used to work out when you’re more likely to get pregnant rather than as a method of contraception.

Disadvantages are:

  • It’s a lot of hassle, as you need to take your temperature every day.
  • Lots of women don’t have regular cycles, so can’t make a good calculation.
  • NOT reliable!

Fertility awareness method 3: cervical mucus monitoring

What you do

A woman can tell by her discharge if she is more or less likely to be fertile.

Unsafe!

This method is difficult to use and is mostly done when someone wants to get pregnant. You then have sex when you have more discharge.