If you're going to have sex, knowing how to protect yourself from unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is essential.
While the only way to be 100% protected is to not have sex, there are many other things you can do to substantially reduce your risk, from having sex with one uninfected partner, to using condoms and other barrier methods correctly and consistently (every time!), to using birth control, to getting immunized against vaccine-preventable STIs.
When it comes to making decisions about sex and sexuality, the best place to start is at the beginning: getting informed about the basics of sexual health, and using this knowledge as a foundation from which you can start to build your own definition of what healthy sexuality means to you.
There are more options than ever to help prevent unplanned pregnancy.
Many factors go into making this important decision. What once was a good method for you a few years ago may not fit your busy lifestyle and schedule now, and new options may have become available. Your UHS clinician can assist you in finding the right method for your individual needs and preferences, including options for those who are ready to think about family planning.