One of the toughest decisions that a lot of teens face is whether to have sex. If people decide to have sex, it means they must also take responsibility to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Most teens who get pregnantandnbsp;in the United Statesandnbsp;didn't plan on it. Besides preventing unplanned pregnancies, people who have sex must protect themselves from STDs. For those having sex, condoms must be used every time to protect against STDs.
The most effective way to prevent pregnancy and STDs is abstinence (not having sex or any intimate genital contact, including anal sex or oral sex).
Couples who do decide to have sex can choose fromandnbsp;many effective methods of birth control.
Read these articles for important information about different birth control methods:
- Birth Control Patch
- Birth Control Pill
- Birth Control Ring
- Birth Control Shot
- Cervical Cap
- Emergency Contraception (Morning-After Pill, Plan B, or ECP)
- Implantable Contraception
- Fertility Awareness
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date Reviewed: 5/23/2018