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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Your Birth Control Options

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  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. Topic Overview

    The intrauterine device (IUD) is a method of birth control that is placed in your uterus. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. You can depend on an IUD to prevent pregnancy for 3 to 10 years, depending on the type. Your doctor will remove your IUD when it has reached its expiration date or if you have a medical problem. It's always your choice to have it removed sooner if you want to change birth control methods or plan to become pregnant. How is an IUD removed? An IUD removal normally takes just a few minutes. Most women find it is less painful or uncomfortable than having an IUD inserted. But ask your doctor if it's a good idea to take ibuprofen ahead of time in case of cramping. You will lie on the exam table on your back. Your feet will be in stirrups as they would be for a pelvic exam. Your doctor will insert a speculum into your vagina and look for the IUD strings. The strings usually come through the opening of your cervix. If they aren't

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