Skip to content

    Birth Control Health Center

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    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.

    Recommended Related to Birth Control

    Surprise Pregnancy: Could It Happen to You?

    It happens more often than you might think. Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. “If you’re a woman and haven’t gone through menopause yet, then it’s possible for you to get pregnant,” says Siobhan Dolan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. You can take steps to improve your chances of conceiving only when you’d like to.

    Read the Surprise Pregnancy: Could It Happen to You? article > >

    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.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: /2, 14 1
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    1
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    IUD
    Here's what to expect.
    man opening condom wrapper
    Do you know the right way to use them?
     
    birth control pills
    Here's what to do next.
    doctor and patient
    His and her options.
     
    Concerned teenage girl
    Slideshow
    hospital gown
    Quiz
     
    Birth Control Pills Weight Gain
    Article
    pregnancy test and calendar
    Article
     
    contraceptive pills
    Slideshow
    Young couple looking at each other, serious
    Article
     
    woman reading pregnancy test result
    Article
    calendar
    Article