One of the most important choices you will ever make is when, or if, to become a parent. Since becoming a parent affects your options in life, you need to ask yourself some difficult questions. What do I really want to accomplish in life? Would having a child now interfere with my ability to achieve that goal? Am I really ready to take on the responsibility of raising a child? What support would be available? Could I emotionally and financially handle the responsibilities of bringing up a child at such a tender age? If you decide that you do not want to become a parent at this time, you need to know all the information on "Birth control".
The surest way to avoid pregnancy is not to have sexual intercourse. For many unmarried young people, this is the only viable option since they believe either that they are not ready to have intercourse or that sex outside of marriage is wrong. If this describes you, make up your mind to say "no" and stick with it. Whether or not abstinence is the best option for every teen depends on a variety of factors such as the nature of their intimate relationships or their marital status.
However, if you decide to become sexually active at teenage, knowing key facts about the most common methods of contraception can help you make informed decisions. As you consider each method, ask yourself the following questions:
Will I have trouble using this method correctly?
Will I have trouble remembering to use this method?
Does this method require cooperation from my partner? If so, is that a problem?
Is this method too expensive?