If you have made the decision to be in a sexual relationship, you need to be responsible. Being responsible means accepting the fact that every time you engage in sexual contact you are at risk of contracting a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and getting pregnant. There are ways you can greatly reduce these risks, however NOTHING is 100% effective except abstinence (not doing it until you are married). If you have decided against abstinence then you need to fully understand your options for protecting yourself. It is your responsibility to protect yourself, not your partners.
- When considering the different birth control methods keep the following questions in mind:
- How effective is this method?
- How easy is this method for me to use?
- Will I remember to use this method?
- Will I use this method if it is sometimes inconvenient?
- Does this method protect me against STI’s and pregnancy?
- What are the side effects?
- Will I be embarrassed to use it?
- Can I afford it?
- Does this method agree with my morals or religious beliefs?
- What if I can’t use this method, do I have a backup plan?
- Can I trust my partner to faithfully use birth control?
A list of birth control options is not listed here, however the following website provides detailed information about birth control, STI’s, programs and issues: www.plannedparenthood.org OR 1-800-230-PLAN