By Amy Kramer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
You know when you first start adding makeup or hair products into your daily regimen? When you choose certain kinds initially, but as as you get older, your style changed and you began using something different? Or how you constantly try new merchandise to see what works best for you? Well, the process of selecting a birth control method is similar.
Sometimes, you might use one type of pregnancy prevention for a while and decide that it's not a great fit for your life -- so you try another. For example, if you can't remember to take a pill every day, you can change to the Nuvaring, which only requires you to do something once a month. Or you might try the Depo shot, which is only every three months. Or you could get the implant, which is good for three years without having to do anything. The IUD, meanwhile, is effective for even longer and is completely low-maintenance once you get it inserted.
Bottom line: There are lots of choices, and you can pick a method based on your body and life and then change it as you change -- which is exactly what the "Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" cast members have done through the years.
Take Catelynn, for example: The Michigan native has used a few different methods of birth control, as she explains in the video below. So do you think her longtime love Tyler can name them all? Do you think he can draw them all? You'll have to watch and see...
Meanwhile, Amber explains in the clip below that she most likely would have become pregnant again had she not been in prison because she was forgetful about taking her pill. But how does she prevent pregnancy today?
In addition, Kailyn has a new method to ensure no more little ones will be joining her brood: using condoms. But remember when your health teacher demonstrated how to use a rubber with the help of a banana or cucumber? Well Kail takes it to a whole other level in the video below...
Lastly, Chelsea explains an unforgettable experience she once endured with her choice method of contraception -- a story that only she can properly explain in the clip below:
Hear the girls explain their experiences to help others make better birth control choices, and then check out Bedsider.org to find the method that’s right for you. And be sure to keep watching "TM2" on Thursdays at 10/9c.