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Birth Control

Are you having sex? Are you thinking about it? Well, then it is super important that you have a plan to prevent pregnancy and STDs. You’re smart to think ahead!

When people talk about birth control methods, they are talking about preventing pregnancy. If you are having sex, or plan to, and want to avoid pregnancy, you need to use an effective form of birth control. Many methods of birth control only help prevent pregnancy and do not protect against STDs. Using a condom correctly every time you have sex will protect against both pregnancy and STDs. For double-protection, you can use a condom with another method of birth control.

Talk to a healthcare provider, teen health or family planning clinic professional to help you decide what type of method is the right choice. See below to learn about some of the methods available to protect yourself against pregnancy and STDs. You’ll always want to go with the most effective and reliable method possible.

No birth control method is effective unless you use it exactly as directed. Talk to your healthcare provider to make sure you know how to use it correctly to protect yourself.