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Birth Control for Teens - How to Get Birth Control

From a store

You can buy some methods of 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 get emergency contraception without a prescription at most drugstores.

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From a doctor

At 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 certain kinds of emergency contraception.

From abstinence

When you use abstinence for preventing pregnancy:

  • Know what you want and how you feel before things get sexual. Be clear with your partner about your limits.
  • 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 can make you let down your guard and forget why you decided to be abstinent.
  • Get support from someone you trust. It really helps. Share your decision, and talk about any challenges you're having staying abstinent.

Your local Planned Parenthood clinic or women's health center may have a teen support group where you can talk with other teens about abstinence.

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