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Contraceptives

No-Fuss Birth Control

No fuss birth control ensures you won't get pregnant and requires little remembering. If you're one of the gazillions of teens who sometimes forgets to take a pill, consider one of these options. These do not protect against STDs, so they're best when coupled with a condom.

The IUD

A small, t-shaped piece of plastic that goes in a woman’s uterus and protects against pregnancy for three to 12 years (but can be removed any time). Major perks include:

  • Super effective.
  • Always available (one-time insertion and you’re done!)
  • Completely private.
  • Long-term coverage (between three and 12 years)

The Implant

A tiny matchstick-sized rod that goes in a girl’s upper arm; it’s good for up to three years (but can be removed any time). Major perks include:

  • Super effective.
  • Always available (one-time insertion and you’re done!)
  • Completely private.
  • Long-term coverage (three years) 

The Shot

Just what it sounds like—a shot that a girl gets; you need a new shot once every three months. Major perks include:

  • Super effective.
  • Always available (if you keep up with your appointments).
  • Completely private.
  • Longer-term coverage (shots are good for three months at a time).
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Some-Fuss Methods

Waiting

Choosing not to have sex (until you’re married, until you’re ready…whatever) is the only 100% effective method of birth control. Major perks include:

  • Super effective.
  • Always available.
  • Also protects against most STDs (though some STDs can spread through kissing or genital-to-genital contact).
  • No visit to a medical provider required.

Minor drawbacks include:

  • You have to be perfect every single time and it can be hard to say no!
  • If you change your mind and decide to become sexually active, you have to plan ahead and have some kind of birth control on hand.

The Pill

A pill a girl takes at about the same time every day; there are lots of different options. Major perks include:

  • Effective (when used correctly)
  • Relatively private

Minor drawbacks include:

  • Some women have trouble remembering to take their pill or to take it at the same time every day which is key to making sure it’s effective, so use a condom, too.
  • Like no-fuss methods, does not protect against STDs.