Teen Pregnancy Prevention – For Teens
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What can you do to prevent pregnancy?
- Practice ABSTINENCE. Abstinence is the only pregnancy prevention method that is 100% effective 100% of the time! Say NO to sex.
- If you are sexually active or thinking about having sex, talk to your parent or guardian about birth control methods. Explore methods of birth control here.
- Talk to someone you trust about sex and its consequences; GET EDUCATED!
How can I protect myself from sexually transmitted infections?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections that can be caused by having sex. Here are some names of sexually transmitted infections:
- Human papillomavirus
- Hepatitis B
Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections include burning when urinating; sores, blisters, or bumps; unusual discharge from the penis or vagina; and/or rash or itching. However, sexually transmitted infections often have no symptoms at all. If you are sexually active, it is important to be tested for sexually transmitted infections. You can get tested at your doctor’s office or at the health department.
You can protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections by:
- Practicing abstinence. The only 100% effective way to protect yourself from STIs is to not engage in oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
- Practicing safer sex. If you do have sex, use a condom every time. You can buy condoms at grocery stores and pharmacies. The health department provides free condoms.
How do I know if my relationship is healthy?
Healthy relationships have:
- Good communication
Unhealthy relationships have:
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