May 24, 2024

Making Choices: Sex, Protection, and Responsibility

One of the most important decisions teens face is whether or not to have sex. If you choose to have sex, it’s crucial to take responsibility for protecting yourself from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STDs).

Unplanned Pregnancy and STD Prevention

Sadly, most teen pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. Using birth control is essential for preventing unintended pregnancy. Additionally, condoms are the only birth control method that helps shield against STDs, and they should be used every time you have sex.

The Most Effective Option: Abstinence

The absolute best way to prevent pregnancy and STDs is abstinence. This means avoiding sexual intercourse and any intimate genital contact, including anal or oral sex.

Birth Control Methods for Active Couples

For couples who choose to have sex, there are many effective birth control methods available.

Here are resources to learn more about different birth control options:

  • Birth Control Patch
  • Birth Control Pill
  • Birth Control Ring
  • Birth Control Shot
  • Cervical Cap
  • Condoms
  • Diaphragm
  • Emergency Contraception (Morning-After Pill, Plan B, or ECP)
  • Implantable Contraception
  • IUD (Intrauterine Device)
  • Fertility Awareness Methods
  • Spermicide
  • Withdrawal

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