Women are still using the withdrawal method of contraception

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Women are still using the oldest method of protection - the pull out and pray you don't get pregnant. But science says it isn't as crazy as you think.

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A surprising new study has found women are still embracing the oldest method of contraception - withdrawal.

Forget the pill or even condoms, new stats suggest up to a third of women are taking their chances with some good old fashioned timing and playing pregnancy roulette.

According to a study published in must-read journal Contraception, 33% of women aged 18-39 have used the pull-out method of contraception in the last month.

Looking at women in America, the study found that 12% were relying on the pull out method completely, while the others were rotating it with condoms and other methods (known as 'dual use.')

But for those not in the market for a baby just yet, withdrawal might not be the giant game of chance we all thought, and may be (we stress may) as effective as condoms, argues the study.

According to a report in Shape, the 'failure rate' for withdrawal (i.e ending up with child) is 4%, compared to 3% with condoms.

In fact, whilst this option does not protect against STIs, "Findings suggest that some people who use withdrawal may be more versus less vigilant about pregnancy prevention," adds the study.

But don't listen to us, always chat to your GP about your contraception options.

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