What Contraceptive is Right for Me?
Deciding which contraceptive is right for you can be an overwhelming decision with so many options available. Decisions may be based on your individual needs and lifestyle, effectiveness, cost, and each choice has advantages and disadvantages. You are encouraged to consult your primary care physician and/or OB-GYN when making a decision about contraceptive use. Bedsider is a great place to start the search for the contraceptive that is best suited for your lifestyle. http://www.teenplaybook.org/ is a great new NC resource. Search for a provider by zip code!
Condoms are a cost effective choice. Here is more information on correct condom use Use a condom!
What are my Options?
At some point in your lifetime, you may be faced with the decision of the type of contraceptive you will use. There are many different contraceptive options available, and understanding these options is an important first step in making that decision.
If you have had unprotected sexual intercourse, you may consider use of emergency contraceptives (Plan B). Emergency contraception is a birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex, and can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Taking emergency contraceptive makes it much less likely that you will become pregnant, but it will not terminate an existing pregnancy and is not as effective as birth control used before or during sex. You can obtain emergency contraceptives from a nearby pharmacy, including the Gove Student Health Center. Emergency contraception can be purchased by anyone, regardless of gender or age.