Counseling for Abstinence
Saying NO to sex UNTIL YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU ARE READY TO ACCEPT ALL THE CONSEQUENCES AND RESPONSIBILITIES THAT GO ALONG WITH BEING SEXUALLY ACTIVE IS CALLED ABSTINENCE . This is the only method that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and STD’s. Click here for more information about choosing abstinence.
Birth Control Pills, Patch, Ring
These methods stop the ovaries from releasing an egg. It thickens cervical mucous so it is hard for sperm to enter the womb. If you follow all instructions very carefully, these methods are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. If you are not careful, only 92% effective. These methods are simple to use and don’t interfere with sex. There is less bleeding and cramping during your period. Birth Control Pills can improve acne. A condom must be used with these methods to prevent STDs. There are few serious problems for young women with these methods. There is a very small chance of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes. You may have spotting and bleeding, weight changes and moodiness.
Nexplanon is a flexible, small, plastic rod that rests under the skin in your upper arm. It provides protection against getting pregnant for up to 5 years. It is up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Your healthcare provider can insert one during your family planning visit.
An Intrauterine Device is a plastic T shaped rod that a nurse places in your uterus(womb). Some contain hormones while others do not. IUDs provide protection from 5-12 years depending on the type. IUDs are up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. You and your nurse will decide which is best for you. Your healthcare provider can insert one during your family planning visit.
Also known as “rubbers,” condoms fit over the erect penis and catches sperm when the male ejaculates. If the condom is used correctly 100 % of the time, it is 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. If it is not used correctly, it is 85 % effective in preventing pregnancy.
Some people are allergic to latex condoms. Condoms can irritate the vagina or the penis. Condoms can protect against HIV and other STDs.
This is an injection of artificial hormones given every 12 weeks. It works in preventing pregnancy by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg and also thickens the cervical mucus so it is hard for sperm to enter the womb. This method is greater than 99% effective if all instructions are followed. It doesn’t interfere with sex and lasts for 3 months. It often decreases or stops the menstrual flow, or may cause heavy irregular bleeding. Other issues caused may be weight gain, moodiness, headaches or dizziness. It does not offer protection against HIV and other STDs. This is a good method for those who have problems remembering to take a pill.
THE ONLY SURE WAY NOT TO GET PREGNANT IS NOT TO HAVE SEX! CHOOSE ABSTINENCE!