Let’s Talk About Not Getting Pregnant
The first thing you should know is that not having sex is the most effective way to keep from getting pregnant. But even if you’ve decided you are ready to have sex and you don’t want to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant, there are a lot of options to prevent pregnancy. If you have questions, you can always call your doctor, or a family planning clinic. The counselors there are really cool and will answer any questions you have. But don’t forget, you really should try talking with your parents about this too.
For more information on ways to prevent pregnancy, check out the Birth Control page.
If you had unprotected sex (sex without a condom and/or other form of birth control) for any reason, you still have options to keep from getting pregnant.
If you’ve had sex without some sort of protection and are worried about pregnancy, there may be a lot of things going through your mind and it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed, confused, scared, and unsure. Sometimes talking it through with someone close to you can help you make a decision.
What can you do to prevent pregnancy AFTER unprotected sex?
Believe it or not, there is a safe, effective way to prevent pregnancy after sex. Emergency contraception (EC) is a type of birth control pill that you can take up to 5 days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. But the sooner you take it, the better it works, so if you have had unprotected sex, click here for more information on EC.
What happens if you or someone you know was sexually assaulted?
If you or someone you know has experienced a sexual assault or been forced to do something sexually that they didn’t want to do, click here to go to the Sexual Violence section of my site to find out more information or find services that can help you or them.
Who can you contact for reliable information about preventing pregnancy?
If you’re worried about a possible pregnancy, talk to someone you trust about your options. I know it might seem really scary, but you should try talking with your parents. If you don’t feel like you can talk to them, your doctor or a family planning counselor can help.
If you already are pregnant…
You have options to explore if you become pregnant when you didn’t want to or plan to. Click here to learn about options when you already are pregnant