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Birth Control for Teens - 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 methods

If you want to stop using the hormone implant or the IUD, you can have your doctor remove it. You can become pregnant after it's removed.

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception (EC) is what you use if you've had sex without birth control you can count on. You may know it as "the morning-after pill." In the first 5 days after sex, you can take a special type and dose of hormone pills. Or you could have an IUD put in right away to prevent pregnancy.

EC is most likely to prevent pregnancy during the first 3 days after sex. If you have unprotected sex, use EC as soon as possible—if you ovulate after sex, but before using EC, the EC will not stop a pregnancy.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2013
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