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Nov 15

Contraceptives: How do I choose?

Posted By iamincontrol | November 15, 2012

By Alyssa

Girl choosing between condom and birth control pillsChoosing the right kind of contraceptive can be a difficult decision.  Some of the things you have to consider about the different types include effectiveness, cost, personal preference, and how easily you can get it.  To look at the pros and cons of each kind of birth control (for both guys and girls!), check out this Contraceptive Comparison site.  It’s really easy to use and may help you make your decision.

Another thing to consider is using more than one kind of birth control at the same time.  For example, if you are a girl taking birth control pills, you and your partner should still use condoms to protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).  Birth control pills alone do NOT protect against STIs, so if you plan on using only the pill, make sure both you and your partner get tested for STIs before you start any sexual activity.  Also remember that certain kinds of birth control, like the pill, take time to start working, so use a backup method of birth control in the meantime.

To find a family planning clinic close to you where you can talk confidentially to a health professional about what type of birth control method is right for you, check out this interactive map.

Not ready for sex or want to wait?  The only person who can decide if you are ready for sex is YOU, not your friends, your boyfriend, or your girlfriend.  Abstinence (not having sex) is a 100% effective method of birth control, and it is a choice many teens make.  In fact, more than half of all high school students are virgins.  Check out more information on abstinence here.

Remember, you are in control.