Let's talk about Birth Control
Okay, so here’s the deal: people have sex for lots of different reasons and sometimes getting pregnant is the last thing on their minds.
If you’re having vaginal sex (when a guy’s penis is put into a woman’s vagina) without using birth control, you and your partner or partners are at a higher risk for getting pregnant.
It’s your choice to decide if and when you’re ready to have sex. Some people choose not to, either because they don’t want to worry about getting pregnant or they just feel like they’re not ready. But if you’re having sex, or thinking about it, and don’t want to get pregnant, you should definitely check out this info on how to protect yourself. The only birth control that can keep you from getting pregnant and protect you from STIs is a condom.
What is birth control?
Birth control is basically what people do to protect themselves from getting pregnant. There are lots of different kinds so you may need to try a couple of methods to find out which works best for you and your partner.
For more information about birth control methods, including info on how to use them correctly, check out the sections on this page or call the MA Sexual Health Helpline at (877) MA-SEX-ED or (877) 627-3933. You can also go to our Clinics and Services page to find a family planning clinic near you that can help.