- The Shot
- The Patch
- The Ring
- Condom (male)
- Condom (female)
- Pull Out
WaitingWaiting, or abstinence, means choosing not to have sex. This could be until you're married or until you're ready. This is the only 100% effective method of birth control.
ImplantThe implant is a matchstick-sized rod that is placed in the inside of a girl's upper arm. This birth control lasts three years. The implant does not prevent STDs.
IUDIUD means intrauterine device and it is a small, t-shaped piece of plastic that goes in a woman's uterus and protects from pregnancy for three to 10 years (depending on which one you get). An IUD does not prevent STDs. There are three types of IUD’s: ParaGard, Mirena, and Skyla.
- Skyla: This is the smallest IUD available. It is made of plastic, releases hormones and can prevent pregnancy for up to three years.
- Mirena: This IUD is small, made of plastic, releases hormones and can prevent pregnancy for up to five years.
- ParaGard: This IUD is the only one that does not use hormones. It is small, made of plastic and some safe copper metal. It can prevent pregnancy for up to ten years.
The ShotThe shot is an injection that a girl gets from her clinic or doctor. It prevents pregnancy for three months and you need a new shot every three months. The shot does not prevent STDs.
The PillA pill a girl takes every day at the same time. There are many different options. The pill does not prevent STDs.
The PatchThe patch is a small thin piece of plastic (like a band aid) that a girl sticks on her body. You keep it on for the week (even in the pool or shower) and replace it with a new one once per week. The patch does not prevent STDs.
The RingThe ring is a small, bendable ring that goes in the vagina. You place it there and leave it in for three weeks. You take it out on the fourth week. The ring does not prevent STDs.
CondomsThe male condom covers the guy's penis and the sperm goes into the condom and not into the partner’s body. The male condom does protect from pregnancy and STDs.
Female CondomThe female condom looks like a pouch and goes into the vagina. The sperm goes into the pouch and not in the girl's body. The female condom does protect from pregnancy and STDs.
Pull Out MethodThe pull out method is when the guy removes his penis before he ejaculates. This method is harder to get right than you might think. The pull out method does not prevent STDs