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Birth Control Resources for Adolescents

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Birth control can help you reach or maintain your health goals. There are many different options to choose from including the pill, intrauterine device (IUD), the patch, and more. Think about what you want for y​​​​our body!

For more information on birth control, visit the California Surgeon General’s Birth Control webpage.

It's your birth control. It's your choice.

Ques​​​tions to consider when deciding which birth control works best for you:

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How important is it to me to avoid getting pregnant?

If pregnancy prevention is your top priority, hormonal birth control methods like the pill, patch, or ring may be the most effective options. Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) such as the IUD or implants are also highly effective at preventing pregnancy.

Should I talk to my provider about birth control options?

It’s important to talk to a health care provider about birth control options to ensure the safest and most appropriate method is selected. They can help you consider medical history, effectiveness rates, and potential side effects. They can also provide information on access and cost, as well as discuss options for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Am I comfortable with hormonal methods or do I prefer non-hormonal options?

Some people may prefer options that don’t use hormones to prevent pregnancy like condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps. Keep in mind that these methods may not be as effective as hormonal options, and they require consistent use every time you have sex.

Do I want a method that also protects against STIs?

Condoms are the only birth control method that also provide protection against STIs. If you’re sexually active and want to reduce your risk of contracting an STI, using condoms in addition to another birth control method is the best choice.

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