If you ever decide to be sexually active, the are multiple ways for you and you partner to stay protected. First thing you need to consider is that you are putting yourself at risk for pregnancy and other possible risks. Therefore, it is rather wise to use protections to reduce those chances of risks.
Get tested! If you want to be physically involve with someone, note that your are exchanging fluids between them. Therefore, make sure you and your partner are safe to be sexually active. You don’t want to be involve in anyone who has transferrable disease.
Get tested at your local clinic or at your school clinic.
Use protection! There many contraceptives options for teens to use. If more contraceptives are used together, the better chance it reduces pregnancy.
These suggested pregnancy prevention options are listed due to it’s most common option, lower price, and easy access.
- Female condom
- Male condom
- Diaphragm (inserted into the vagina with spermicidal cream before intercourse which blocks sperm)
- Birth control pills
- Contraceptives patch (sticks to the skin of buttock, lower abdomen, outer arm, or upper body which releases hormones through the skin into the bloodstream)
- Birth control injection (injected to arm or buttock once every three month)
- Implant rods (implanted rods which are inserted surgically into the upper arm; can last up to 5 years)
- Emergency Contraceptives Pill is used after unprotected intercourse up to 2 days and is not a pregnancy prevention method for daily use
There are other methods like IUDs, vaginal ring, and more, but those are not as common in teens.