A recent blog post on XX, a women's -oriented web magazine (here) describes data showing that younger women are increasingly using withdrawal rather than condoms for contraception and STI prevention. Apparently there are some data suggesting that withdrawal is almost as effective as condoms in preventing pregnancy, and is strongly preferred, sensation-wise. Of course many STIs are not well prevented by withdrawal.
Is this a variation on the "safer sex burnout" that has been obvious among MSM - particularly younger MSM - for a number of years? Or does it represent a lessening of completely casual sex and an increasing trust in male partners (who, after all, have to do the pulling...). It would be interesting to see data on the social and sexual contexts within which women make a decision to insist on a condom or trust her partner to pull out at the critical time.
If accurate, this trend flies in the face of research and public health efforts to develop more women-controlled contraception and STI prevention devices. Of course by "women-controlled" is meant not just the technology - such as recent major efforts toward microbicides - but the context within which the women is empowered to make key sexual decisions.
Are younger women as tired of condoms as gay men have become and backsliding to an earlier health perspective, or are they now in enough sexual control that they can tell their male partner to pull out on time and fully expect him to actually do so?
Thoughts on this?
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