Birth Control

Making the decision whether to have sex is personal. You should make up your own mind when the time is right. If you are not ready for sex, say so. If you are ready to have sex or if you already have sex, you can take steps to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

If you are a teenager, you face many decisions. To help make choices that are right for you, talk to someone you trust, such as your parents, your healthcare provider at a family planning center or doctor’s office, or your school counselor.

If you decide to have sex, use birth control and protect yourself against pregnancy and STDs. Whatever method of birth control you choose, be sure that to know how it works and how to use it.

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Birth Control Resources

Sex & Reproduction

Knowing what happens during your menstrual cycle will help you understand how...
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Choosing a Type of Birth Control

When choosing a type of birth control, you have many options. Most women use...
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Hormonal Methods of Birth Control

Some types of birth control use hormones to prevent pregnancy. Hormones are...
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Barrier Methods of Birth Control

Barrier methods prevent pregnancy by keeping sperm from reaching an egg. You...
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Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception (EC) is a safe and effective back-up method of birth...
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Your Parents and Your Privacy

In most states, minors (people younger than age 18 years) have the right to...
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Talk to Your Partner

Before you have sex, talk to your partner about using condoms. This is the best...
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Glossary

Cervix: The lower portion of the uterus that extends into the upper vagina. Fallopian...
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