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  1. 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 ...

  2. Your Choices

    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

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 .

  5. 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

  6. Your Birth Control Options

    Wondering which birth control is for you? There are many safe, effective options. Here’s a quick explainer.

  7. Emergency Contraception: What to Expect

    What’s it like to use emergency contraception? Whether you choose pills or an IUD, you’re probably wondering about pain, nausea, and side effects. Here’s what you’re likely to feel.

  8. Emergency Contraception FAQ

    Get answers to frequently asked questions about emergency contraception: What’s available? Do I need a prescription? How soon must I use it? Are there side effects or long-term effects?

  9. Emergency Contraception Questions for Your Doctor

    Which type of emergency contraception will work best for you, and other questions you may have for your doctor or pharmacist.

  10. How Does Emergency Contraception Work?

    If you need emergency contraception, you have a lot of reliable options, but you must act quickly. Learn more about your emergency contraception choices and how they work.

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