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Sexual Development

About Abstinence

Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Abstinence also protects people against STDs.

About Birth Control: What Parents Need to Know

Talking to your kids about sex can be a challenge. But discussing issues like birth control can help lower teens' risk of unintended pregnancy or getting an STD.

About Condoms

Condoms are thin pouches that keep sperm from getting into the vagina. There are male condoms and female condoms.

About Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex; for example, if a condom breaks or slips off during sex.

About Implantable Contraception

Read this article to learn what implantable contraception is, how well it works, and more.

About Spermicide

Spermicides can be used alone but are more effective when used with another method of birth control, such as a condom or diaphragm.

About the Birth Control Patch

Find out about this method of birth control, including how well it works and possible side effects.

About the Birth Control Pill

Discussing issues like abstinence, STDs, and birth control can help lower teens' risk of unintended pregnancy or getting an STD. The birth control pill (also called "the Pill") is a daily pill that is taken to prevent pregnancy.

About the Birth Control Ring

Talking to your kids about sex can be daunting. But discussing issues like abstinence, STDs, and birth control can help lower teens' risk of unintended pregnancy or contracting an STD.

About the Cervical Cap

The cervical cap covers the cervix so sperm can't get in and fertilize an egg. It's not usually recommended for most young women and teens because it can be very hard to insert correctly.