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Birth Control Basics

What Works


Birth Control Pills



Cervical Cap

Female Condom




Tubal Ligation
(female sterilization)

(male sterilization)

Condom Cues

What Doesn't Work Well

Rhythm Method



What Doesn't Work At All

Think You're Pregnant?

Contraception 911


Communicating With Partner

Resources and Help

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You may think it can't happen to you but every year there are almost 3 million unintended pregnancies in this country. Among young people, the problem is especially serious. Each year nearly 1 million young women aged 15 to 19 get pregnant; that's a little more than one in every nine teenagers. Eighty percent of these pregnancies are unplanned.

Unintended pregnancy can have serious consequences for women and men, including decreased chances of finishing school, an unstable financial future, and risks for the mother's health, not to mention for the baby's health and development.
Get the facts on effective contraceptive methods--success rate, benefits, drawbacks and how to get them.

We've got you covered with tips on how to choose, handle, put on and remove a condom.
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These three methods of contraception have a low success rate.
Find out which contraceptive methods don't work at all.
We'll tell you how to get tested and what to do once you learn the results.
If a condom breaks or you forget to take a pill, don't panic. Find out what you can do to reduce the risk of pregnancy.

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Thanks to all who participated in the FFYR: Protect Yourself "Online Talk Show" hosted by SuChin Pak with Real World's Trishelle, Steven, and Leslie Kantor, a sexual health expert. Check back to view the entire discussion.

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 SEX, ETC Colum: Trishelle and Steven's Pregnancy Scare (December '03)

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