Did you know that nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned? Even if you aren’t trying to have a baby, if you’re sexually active, there is always a risk. Using birth control is one way you can help protect yourself from an unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). When choosing your preferred birth control method, it is important to think about whether you are comfortable with medical procedures, taking a pill every day, or whether you need the added hormones. Access resources below to learn about the different forms of birth control and to find a method that is right for you. Talk to your doctor and your parents or a trusted adult who can help you choose the best option when you’re ready. If you do not have a doctor, visit our Searchable Directory Page to find a health clinic near you.


Keep in mind, abstinence or not having sex, is the only 100% effective method, and condoms are the only method other than abstinence that also lower your risk of getting an STD. In order to achieve maximum protection when using condoms, they must be used consistently and correctly. Learn the steps for how to properly put on an external condom.



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