How to Decide
Choosing birth control is a very personal thing. First, think through some basic facts about your birth control options. Then, focus in on what's important to you. And then, think about who you are and what your style is.How well does each birth control method protect me?Some methods depend on you and how well you use them—every time. These include hormone pills or the hormone patch or ring. The same is true for the condom, sponge, diaphragm, or cap. Some methods work very well for long periods of time without you having to do anything. These include the hormone implant or shot, and the IUD.Only a condom protects you from STIs. Abstinence depends on your commitment to not have sex. Not having vaginal intercourse prevents pregnancy. And not having oral sex, anal sex, or vaginal sex prevents STIs.Is it easy to keep with me?Some methods easily fit in your bag. These include hormone pills or a condom, sponge, diaphragm, or cap.Some methods don't have to be carried around at all. These
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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