Part of growing up means making decisions and sometimes hard life choices. It comes with the territory of being a teen. We’re not here to tell you how to live your life, it’s up to you to make the decision that’s best for you. We’ve provided you a list of resources so you can check out all your options:
*Disclaimer: The best way to prevent teen pregnancy is to not have sex (duh). Whether you choose to have sex or not, it's important to know the facts, so we've provided a list of different resources so that you can inform your own decisions.
Not having sex is the only 100% effective way to prevent teen pregnancy and STIs. There are a lot of reasons people decide to wait. Check out these resources to find more information on waiting for girls and for guys.
Contraception and safe sex
If you’ve decided to have sex, make sure to practice safely and responsibly in order to prevent an unplanned pregnancy, STIs and STDs. There are a ton of different ways to stay protected, so make sure to find the one that works best for you. Check out these resources to find out more on protecting yourself and your partner.
Know Your Rights
All states have different laws in terms of receiving sexual health services. For example, all 50 states allow minors to consent to STI services without parental permission. Check out this resource from the Guttmacher Institute to see what rights you have in your state.
Are you a teen parent? Thanks for checking out this page, we want to provide you resources to support you and your family. Please note that through this campaign, we are not trying to insult or demonize teen parents. We hope that your experiences are positive and we understand that having a baby can drastically change your life. Read this letter to teen parents and check out this site to find more information and support.
Need more? Check out these additional resources:
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy