• Thu, Feb 23 2012

Adam Levine Says Pulling Out Is ‘Foolproof’ Birth Control. It Is Not.

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear there was a secret competition going on for which public figure can give the worst birth control advice. First, Foster Friess told us “gals” that we should just stick some aspirin between our knees; now, Adam Levine is happy to let us all know that pulling out is his favored, “foolproof” birth control method. So…when’s the baby due?

The 32-year-old Maroon 5 singer and The Voice judge visited Howard Stern with his girlfriend, Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna. The two discussed their relationship, and in the process he disclosed his contraceptive secret: “a foolproof birth-control system” called pulling out, according to OK Magazine.

According to Planned Parenthood, pulling out, otherwise known as “withdrawal,” has about a 15-24% margin of error. That means that 15-24 pregnancies occur for every hundred women who use the method per year. Now, the pull-out method is fine for monogamous couples (which Levine and Vyalitsyna say they are) who’ve been tested for STDs (which we hope they have been), and are okay with the possibility of getting pregnant (who knows, maybe they are). But I think we can all agree that it isn’t foolproof.

Adam also had glowing reviews for his relationship with Vyalitsyna, telling stern:

This is the longest, most functional relationship I’ve ever been in. I don’t want to screw it up.

Given that surprise pregnancies often throw couples for a loop, it might be wise to get some kind of contraceptive up in there.

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  • Hanna Brooks Olsen

    Oh, dear. This is poor advice. I predict a paternity scare in his future!

  • Dianna

    Well my son told me he tried that method and guess what we got Twins. Surprise Surprise. We told him always to use bc but a 20 year old thinks they know better.

  • Shaniqua

    Adam and Anne said they’re prepared with whatever comes their way (a baby). If that’s how it turns out to be, they don’t mind keeping it.

    • Briana Rognlin

      If they’re ok with having a baby, that’s one thing, but that doesn’t make the pullout method “foolproof”!

  • Envy

    This was the Howard Stern show. It was joke!!

  • Valentin smith

    This is very Great and Mind Blowing advice for the Birth control.
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  • Fabel

    It’s obviously not “foolproof” but it’s rate of effectiveness is actually pretty high. So while “pulling out” isn’t a technique you’d want to tell teens to use, it’s unnecessary to make fun of long-term couples who’ve been using it with no scares or complications.

  • Laura

    When I was young and stupid my boyfriend at the time convinced me this method was foolproof, too. Didn’t turn out to be – whoops!!!

    Since this was the Howard Stern I hope Adam was joking…

  • Emilie @ www.icametorun.com

    Ugh, is anyone who goes onto the Howard Stern show (or does an interview in Playboy *cough* John Mayer *cough*) just supposed to say stupid things? Is it required or something? Whether it was a joke or not, it’s irresponsible.

  • Tamera

    My husband and I did that method successfully for 8 years and then I got pregnant. We didn’t do anything differently that time, but lo and behold, there’s my third child :)
    It’s not foolproof!

  • Sonja

    Did he never play basketball?

    Everyone knows you dribble before you shoot.

  • Cynthia Dudley

    It is fool proof only because any fool can do it.