Abstinence is the only way to truly avoid pregnancy, but if you’re sexually active, it’s important to know all of your options. Although birth control can help prevent pregnancy, it won’t do you any good if you aren’t taking it on time or changing it as needed. And birth control methods, even when taken correctly, can fail. It’s super important to make sure you use your birth control the right way. This means you can’t forget to take your pill, change your ring, or get your shot on time, or you’ll be at risk for pregnancy. So the best method of birth control for you is the one you’ll always use correctly.
You can track your fertility and avoid sex during ovulation
You could also track your fertility and avoid sex while you are ovulating. There are apps, like Glow, that you can use to track your menstrual and ovulation cycle. But this method is only effective if you take your time and really get to know your body. Instead, consider it as a good complement to other birth control options.
Using Birth Control Pills on schedule
Birth control pills are one of the most commonly used methods of contraception in the U.S. There are various brands of pills available, and according to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, they are over 99 percent effective if taken as prescribed.
Condoms + Birth Control = Extra Protection
Condoms are your safer sex superhero: they’re the only way to get protection from pregnancy and STDs during vaginal sex. No birth control method is perfect. So using condoms with another type of birth control (like the implant, IUD, or pill) gives you backup protection in case either method fails. And condoms seriously lower your chances of getting all kinds of sexually transmitted infections, like HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes. Condoms don’t cost a lot of money, and sometimes they’re even free at community clinics, school health centers, or Planned Parenthood health centers.
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