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Birth Control

Birth Control can’t help unless you use it. Using birth control will help you stick to your reproductive plan. Certain birth control options can also help protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs, also known as STDs or sexually transmitted diseases).

There are lots of things to consider when you choose a method. Some methods are more effective than others. Some protect you against an unplanned pregnancy, but not from an STI.

The best place to start is to learn about your options. Talk with your doctor to find the method that fits your lifestyle.

Here are a few examples:

1. Condoms for males and females.

Condoms are used every time you have sex to reduce your risk of getting an STI or becoming pregnant. There are hundreds of shapes and sizes to choose from, some with lube and some without.

2. Birth control pills.

The pill, also called oral contraceptives, is a pill that you swallow. To be the most effective, it is taken once a day at the same time every day.

 3. IUD (intrauterine device).

An IUD is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic that gets put in your uterus to stop sperm from fertilizing an egg. They work for between 5-12 years and can be removed by your doctor when you want to become pregnant.

4. Birth control implant.

The implant is a small rod, the size of a matchstick. It is inserted under the skin of your arm. It releases a hormone into your body. It reduces your risk of unplanned pregnancy for up to 3 years.

5. Diaphragm.

A diaphragm is a removable silicone dome used with spermicide or jelly each time you have sex. It covers your cervix to block sperm.

6. Sterilization for females (tubal ligation/tubes tied).

This is a medical procedure to permanently tie your tubes to block sperm and eggs from fertilization.

7. Abstinence.

The only 100% effective way to protect you from an unwanted pregnancy or STI is not to have sex.

Want to learn more about the pros and cons of each type of birth control and where to get them? Visit Bedsider.

To help you figure out what kind of birth control is best for you, visit Planned Parenthood’s “My Method”.

Other Websites and Resources

  • Fact or Fiction about sex videos
  • Your Sex Health– A great websites with expert information on emotional, practical and relationship issues and explores real-life dilemmas in True Stories.
  • STD Triage app: anonymously send images of what may be an STI to a licensed dermatologist and receive a response within 24 hours.
  • A free simple way to get and share your verified STD results
  • Before We Do: Get regular HIV in-home testing right to your doorstep

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