The most effective and only 100% way to prevent pregnancy is abstinence.
If you and your partner decide to start having sex, it is very important for you to know your options for birth control. Birth control's primary function is to reduce unwanted pregnancies. It is not 100% effective, but when taken correctly it can greatly reduce the chances. Some birth control methods work better than others, or fit with your lifestyle better. Above all, always remember that in order for birth control to be most effective, it must be used properly and every time.
There are many birth control methods to choose from. Check out the Resource Xtra links below to find out more about each different type of birth control along with clinics and doctor offices that you can visit as well.
Emergency Contraception, otherwise known as the morning after pill, is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is birth control that you can use up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. The morning after pills are more effective when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex, but will still reduce the chances of pregnancy up to 5 days.
Need more info? Learn more about Emergency Contraceptives by clicking on this link! FAQ on Emergency Contraceptive
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