Teen Pregnancy Prevention
82% of teen pregnancy is unintended. That means that the vast majority of teens who got pregnant did not want to get pregnant at that time. Being pregnant as a teenager puts you at higher risk for having a baby born too early, with a low birth weight and more at risk of death before birth.
The only fully effective way to avoid pregnancy is to not have sex. But if you are sexually active, the best way to prevent pregnancy and a sexually transmitted infection is to use birth control and a condom; every time.
Teens are encouraged to consider whether or not they want to get pregnant in the next year. A life plan can help them consider what their goals are and how to make those goals a reality.
There are important steps you can take to prevent pregnancy. There are many options for birth control, so it is important to pick the one that is right for you.
Long-acting reversible contraception, or LARCs, are options that last a long time. They are easily inserted and can be taken out when you want to stop using them or when you want to have a baby.
There are two types: the birth control implant and the IUD, or intra-uterine device. Both need to be inserted into your body, your arm for the implant or your uterus for the IUD. A healthcare provider can help you decide which option is best for you.
Learn more about all the birth control methods available.
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