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Here is more information about birth control methods.

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Not everyone is having sex. It’s better to wait until you are ready, have the right partner, and do it for the right reasons.

IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control. Get one, and forget about it! Can’t see it, can’t help but love it!

The implant is so small, no one will even know you’re on it! It’s great if you’re looking for a safe and private way to protect against pregnancy.

One small prick carries a big punch. The shot takes just a few minutes for 3 whole months of protection. That’s easy!
If you don’t have easy access to a clinic, consider another method that lasts longer.

The ring works just like the pill, but you don’t have to remember to use it every day.
If the ring falls out, just wash it under cool water and put it back in. But make sure to do so within 3 hours! If it’s out for more than 3 hours, insert it but use a backup method like a condom for the rest of the month.
Afraid of forgetting to put a new ring in? We can help. Select the Remind Me! tool and you’re set.

If the patch peels off, put a new one on. Always ask for a replacement patch prescription, and have an extra one on hand.
If the patch falls off for more than one day, put a new one on and use a backup birth control method.
If you think you might forget to put a new patch on, we can help. Select the Remind Me! tool and you’re set.

Afraid of forgetting to take a pill at the same time each day? We can help. Select the Remind Me! tool and you’re set.
If you are constantly forgetting to take the pill, consider a low-maintenance method like the IUD or implant.

Condoms can be extremely effective when used perfectly. Here’s how: store them in a cool place, use them before they expire, and use some lube. Don’t reuse! Use a new one every time you have sex.
Condoms expire just like food. So respect the date!
You only need one condom. Using two condoms at the same time can cause the condoms to break.
Lambskin and natural condoms don’t protect from STIs including HIV/AIDS.
Use water-based lubrication only, like K-Y jelly. Lotions, vaseline, and oils can damage the condoms.
Not all guys love condoms, but not all girls want to become pregnant or get an STI. Talk with your partner about using a condom every time even if you are on birth control.
In the old, old days, condoms were made out of animal intestines, yuck!

Female condoms are latex free, so they’re a good option if you or your partner are sensitive to latex.
Don’t use a female and male condom at the same time. Double condom means double trouble.

Even done perfectly, withdrawal may not protect you against STIs including HIV/AIDS.
Men will often release a pre-semen, which may contain sperm and that can get you pregnant and transmit disease.
If your guy doesn’t pull out on time, he can ejaculate inside your vagina and get you pregnant.

Soon, young women who are 15 and older can get EC methods over the counter at their pharmacy–without a prescription. If you think you’re at risk, don’t wait. The sooner you take the pill after unprotected sex, the more effective it will be!

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Spermicides are not too effective on their own but work much better when they are used with a condom.

Douching became popular in the U.S. in the late 1800s, when the country banned birth control. Douching is not effective and it can actually help push sperm up to the uterus.

Having sex in different positions can be fun, especially with a partner you trust, but it will not protect you from pregnancy or STIs including HIV/AIDS. Be sure to discuss proper forms of contraception with your partner.

Sperm can stay alive in your body for up to 5 days! Which means it may stay around long after your period.

You can get pregnant every time you have sex, whether it’s your first time or your tenth time. If you are ready for sex, you are ready for contraception.



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