Being a teen is an exciting time to explore your own identity and dream about your future. Only you can control your future and your decisions you make about sex and intimate partnerships. Choosing to avoid unintended pregnancies by responsibly choosing effective birth control methods or abstaining from sexual intercourse entirely will make reaching your goals easier. Statistics show the teen pregnancy rates continue to fall within the United States, but how do you keep from become a statistic? Can you receive birth control? Forget about babies, what about infections from unprotected sex? Your partner is ready, but what do you do if you aren’t? How do you include your parents in on the conversation

Follow this link to help answer the questions above, and any more you may have. You will find informative topics specific to teens, resources to help you achieve your goals, and conversation starters for you, and your parents.

So, you think you may be ready to move your relationship to the next level? Well, put on the brakes long enough to consider the following:

  • Are you ready to engage in an activity that can permanently change your physical, mental, and spiritual self?
  • Are you feeling pressured to have sex?
  • Have you and your partner discussed safe sex practices and past sexual experiences?
  • How does having sex line up with your values and spiritual beliefs?
  • What would happen if your parents found out?

Birth Control Quiz

If life is about choices, shouldn’t you choose the right contraception method to fit your lifestyle? Absolutely! Learn which birth control method is right for you. Take a birth control quiz.

Emergency Contraceptives

Emergency contraception is a form of birth control that reduces the chance of an unintended pregnancy if their birth control failed, or after having unprotected sexual intercourse. Emergency contraception works by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting by thinning the uterine lining, or by stopping or delaying the release of an egg from the ovary. Emergency contraceptives can be purchased over the counter, prescribed by a healthcare provider, or implanted during an in-office procedure by a trained healthcare provider. Community Health Connection currently offers two types of emergency contraception, EC pills and IUD.

Need expert advice?

Make an appointment, or visit one of our Teen Clinics for private, confidential family planning services.

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12020 East 31st Street
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All about Abstinence: Knowing its ok to say No

  • Abstinence is the practice of abstaining or resisting from participating in an activity. It could be abstaining from drugs, drinking, smoking, or in this case having sex.
  • Abstinence is considered a form of birth control. It is the only form that is 100% effective against spreading sexually transmitted diseases and preventing pregnancy.
  • Many schools utilized a form of sexual education involving abstinence education
  • You have a right to choose abstinence regardless of how your partner feels.

Feeling shy about saying no? Check out the Top Ten ways to say No! or come up with your own reason.

Funding for this webpage was made possible by the Office of Population Affairs (Grant PA-FPH-16-036). The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.