A: Unfortunately, the patch only comes in one color and it’s similar to the color of a Band-Aid. The good news is that you can put it just about anywhere on your body, so it should be pretty easy to hide under your clothes. If you’re still worried about it being really noticeable, you can always ask your doctor if there’s another type of birth control that would work for you.
A: Try being straightforward and let her know exactly why you’re asking about birth control. Is it because you’re just curious or are you thinking about having sex soon? No matter what, let her know you want to be responsible and protect yourself when you do decide to have sex.
A: It depends. Not everyone has the same reaction to the same IUD. Let your doctor know what your cramps are typically like each month. If they’re usually light and not a problem, then you’ll probably be okay with most IUDs. But if they’re heavy and painful, your doctor might suggest you only consider certain IUDs so they don’t get worse.
A: Yes and no. A lot of these clinics will work with you on price, which means even if it’s not free it will still be affordable. Sometimes clinics like these will have special programs that can help girls get free birth control. Start by making an appointment and your health care provider can help walk you through your options.
A: We all know that the pill can help some girls with acne, but most IUDs aren’t prescribed for that reason. Plus, we all react a little differently to different birth control options. If clearing up acne is a big concern of yours, be sure to let your doctor know that when you’re choosing a birth control option. If you do choose an IUD and see an increase in acne, don’t panic. Let your doctor know what’s going on and she can help you decide what to do next.
A: Your implant shouldn’t have a big impact on the sports you play. If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor about the type of actives you do and get her advice. And if you ever feel like your implant is out of place or if you feel any pain, be sure to call your doctor right away!
A: Low-maintenance birth control isn’t designed to stop your period, but some people who use certain types of IUDs stop having periods completely. It’s a completely safe side effect, but it might freak some people out not to have that peace of mind each month. Talk to your doctor about the chances you’ll stop having a period and what it might mean for you.
A: Spend some time looking at your birth control options so you’re ready when you get into the office. Usually, your doctor will ask you if you have any questions or concerns about your health. Try responding with something like “I was hoping you could tell me a little more about IUDs (or implants, or the pill, or whichever method you’re most interested in). If that doesn’t work, try just diving right in and telling her you’re interested in learning more about your birth control options. She’ll probably have some follow up questions that will help her recommend the best option for you, so be prepared to be honest about your sexual health. Remember, your healthcare provider isn’t there to judge you. All she cares about is that you stay healthy and safe.
A: Birth control pills work best if you take them the same time every day. If you keep forgetting to take your pill, you might want to ask your healthcare provider about low-maintenance birth control options. The best part about these is that you don’t have to remember to do anything or take anything once you’re using them.
A: Low-maintenance birth control is great for preventing unplanned pregnancies, but it doesn’t protect you against STIs. So, you should always use a condom when you have sex—even if you are using low-maintenance birth control.
A: First of all, don’t panic! Your birth control should have come with instructions on how to take it, what to do if you accidentally skip a day, and when you need to use backup protection like a condom. If you can’t find the instructions, or if they’re confusing, go ahead and call your health care provider. She’ll be happy to help!
A: That’s okay! Not every type of birth control is right for every person. Make an appointment with your doctor to talk about getting it removed and what other options you have for birth control. Before you go, be sure to make a list of the things you don’t like about the birth control so your doctor can help you find something that will be a better fit for you.
A: There are three types of birth control pills that are FDA approved to also treat acne. If it’s a big concern for you, make sure your health care provider knows that when you’re talking about your birth control options. Then you can work together to find a solution that meets all of your needs.
A: You’re not alone. Lots of women worry about how they’re going to afford their birth control. The good news is there are options that are free or low-cost. Start with your local health clinic and ask them what options are available to you.
A: Not unless you tell her it’s okay. Even though you’re not an adult, you still have the right to privacy when you’re talking to your doctor about sex, birth control, or STIs. Learn more about your rights.
A: The best thing is to be informed and stay in control. It's true that any medication you take can have potential side effects. Compare your options, talk to your doctor, and find a method that you feel comfortable with.
A: You shouldn’t have a problem using a tampon with an IUD because they each are in a different part of your reproductive system and are separated by your cervix, so they shouldn’t interfere with each other. Just be careful to never pull on the strings of your IUD—and if anything feels off, ask your healthcare provider about it.
A: Well, it depends. If you get a non-hormonal IUD, you’re protected as soon as you get it. If you get the implant during the first five days of your period or the hormonal IUD seven days after your period starts, then you’re protected immediately. If you get it any other time, be sure to use a backup method for the first 7 days after you get it inserted.
Definitely! They’re designed to work for years, but if you aren’t happy with your choice of birth control your health care professional can remove it at any time. You can get pregnant as soon as it’s removed, so make sure you talk to your doctor about what type of birth control might work better for you.
A: Most teen-friendly health centers offer it to teens and a lot of the time they can give them to you for free or at a low cost. You can find a teen-friendly health center using our health center locator.
A: Maybe a little. Your doctor will numb your arm before she inserts the implant, so you shouldn’t feel too much when she’s implanting it. Some women do have pain in their arm after they get the implant, but that doesn’t happen to everyone. Ask your doctor what you can expect.
A: Yes—if you’re 16. In South Carolina you can get a prescription for birth control without your parents’ permission if you’re 16 or older or if you’re married. You can find a teen-friendly health center using our locator. If you’re still nervous, be sure to ask what the health center will keep private when you’re making your appointment.
A: Probably not. It’s such a common concern that doctors have spent a lot of time researching whether or not it’s true. They’ve found over and over again that the pill doesn’t make you gain weight. Since every person is different you might know friends who gained weight when they were on the pill, but that doesn’t mean it will happen to you. If you’re worried that the pill is making you gain weight, talk to your doctor. She might be able to find you a different option that you’re more comfortable with.
A: Yes! It’s actually one of the best methods out there for teens because it’s so easy to use. After your doctor inserts it, you’re covered for 3-12 years. No pills to remember. No prescriptions to fill. You can just do you.
A: It’s always a good idea to use condoms and another form of birth control! Condoms are 98 percent effective if you use them the right way and if you use them every time you have sex. They protect against sexually transmitted diseases as well as pregnancy.
BUT a condom can break, so it is a good idea to have a backup form of birth control, like the pill.
A: When it comes to birth control, everyone’s a little different. It doesn’t matter what method your friends, sister, or mom uses. What’s important is what works for you. Think about you and your lifestyle when you’re choosing a method. Are you too forgetful to remember to take a pill? Are you trying to keep from getting pregnant for up to ten years? Look through our birth control comparison tool to find a method that appeals to you. From there, schedule an appointment with your regular doctor or at a teen-friendly clinic to talk to a doctor about the pros and cons of the methods you’re interested in.