You've got big plans for your future. Finish high school. Go to college. Start a career. Get married. Then have a baby. Let's face it, that's going to take some time. So, how do you prevent an unplanned pregnancy for all those years? There's a form of birth control that's safe and can last for up to 12 years depending on what kind you choose.
A small rod that's inserted under the skin of your upper arm. This method can last up to three years, but it doesn't protect against STIs, so you'll need to also use a condom.
A small plastic device inserted into the uterus by a doctor. Available in two forms: a copper IUD that uses no hormones and can last between 3 and 12 years, and a hormonal IUD that uses the hormone progesterone and can last up to 5 years.
You'll have to go to a health care provider to get either of these methods. Most of the time they can help you get a low-cost or free implant or IUD. Find a health center near you.
Don't think low maintenance birth control is right for you? Check out some of the other types of birth control and find one that works for you.
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