Birth Control - Overview
What is birth control?Birth control, also called contraception, is any method used to prevent pregnancy. It allows you to choose whether or when to have a child. Most women can become pregnant from the age when they start their menstrual periods until their late 40s or early 50s. During the many years before menopause, using birth control is key to avoiding an unplanned pregnancy. Which birth ...
Birth Control - Birth Control Methods
There are many methods of birth control. Learn about the different kinds of birth control to help you choose the best one for you. When making your choice, also consider that only a condom will protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). To protect yourself and your partner against STDs, use a condom (along with your chosen birth control method) every time you have sex.Hormonal ...
Deciding What's Right for You
Birth control—without it, pregnancy can happen. That's why you need birth control you can count on. There are lots of good options for birth control. Your best choices are those that you find easy to use—so you never go without it. And of course, no matter what kind of birth control you use, you always need a plan for protecting yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Some birth control methods work around the clock. Others work only when you use them, which means it's so very important to use them every time you have sex.Birth control methodsAbstinence. Not having sex (abstinence) is the most effective method of birth control and sexually transmitted infection (STI) protection.Barrier methods. The diaphragm, the cap, and male or female condoms are examples of barrier methods. They block the sperm from fertilizing an egg. You use one each time you have sex. And condoms also protect you from STIs. The pill, patch, or vaginal ring. These methods have hormones that stop you from releasing an egg each month (ovulation). You can choose to take a pill at the same time every day, change a patch every week, or change a ring every 3 weeks.Birth control shots. The shot contains hormones that prevent pregnancy for 3 months. You see your doctor every 3 months for the shot.Hormone implants. The implant, which is about the size of a matchstick, is put under
Birth Control - Choosing a Birth Control Method
With so many methods available and so many factors to consider, choosing birth control can be difficult. You may be able to decide on a method by asking yourself the following questions. Might I want to have a biological child in the future?One of your first considerations might be to determine whether you want permanent or temporary birth control. In other words, you should consider whether you .
Birth Control - When to Call a Doctor
Different birth control methods have different side effects and possible complications. It is important to understand the risks of the birth control method you use. Talk to your health professional if you have concerns about side effects.Call your health professional if you have symptoms of pregnancy, such as having missed one or more periods or having your period but with a lot less bleeding ...
Birth Control - Teens and Birth Control
Whether you are male or female, your life can suddenly be changed forever by pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Think for a moment what this would be like for you. The most dependable way to prevent pregnancy and STD infection is not to have sexual intercourse. This is called abstinence. If you do not choose abstinence and are sexually active, always be prepared. To protect ...
How to Get Birth Control
From a storeYou can buy birth control without going to a doctor. You can get male condoms in grocery stores, convenience stores, or drugstores. And you can get female condoms or a sponge and spermicide from a drugstore.You can buy emergency contraception without a prescription at most drugstores if you are 15 or older. From a doctorAt a doctor's office, you can get:A hormone shot. A hormone implant. An IUD. A fitted diaphragm or cervical cap.A prescription for hormone pills, patches, or rings. A prescription for emergency contraception, if you are younger than 15.From abstinenceWhen you use abstinence for preventing pregnancy:Know what you want and how you feel before things get sexual. Remember why you chose abstinence. Think about your reasons and why they are important to you. How you feel and what you believe matter.Think ahead. Try to avoid getting into situations where staying abstinent could be hard.Don't abuse alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs can affect your decisions. They
Myth or Truth?
A friend told me that you can't get pregnant if you haven't had a period at all, or even lately.Don't believe it! You make an egg, or ovulate, and then have a period. And ovulation can happen at any time. There's no day of the month when it's safe to have sex without birth control.I heard a guy say that having birth control means you'll say yes to sex at any time.Having protection against pregnancy and STIs means that it's there when you need it. But being prepared doesn't mean having to say yes unless you're comfortable with it.My sister told me you don't need birth control if you just douche after having sex.Flushing water into the vagina, or douching, after sex does not prevent pregnancy. I need to feel safe with my sex partner and with what we're doing together. It's got to be okay to say 'no' or 'stop' at any time. This should always be true. It's important that you be able to say no or stop at any time.I should be able to count on my partner to have a condom.Every time? Anyone
Your Birth Control Options
Wondering which birth control is for you? There are many safe, effective options. Here’s a quick explainer.