What should I do if I'm pregnant?

Alright, so I'm 14 (about to be 15 in January) and sexually active. I've used a condom every time I've had sex (so far) and I'm not pregnant. I want to get the birth control implant because I don't want to get an IUD or anything or take pills bc I already know that wouldn't work out because I don't take my meds that are supposed to be daily on a regular basis. I don't know how to ask my parents for the implant because they don't know I'm sexually active and want me to wait to have sex until I'm married and our insurance doesn't cover birth control other than pills unless a doctor determines that pills aren't fit for the situation. I just have this feeling that I'm going to get pregnant as a teenager. I know people are going to tell me to stop having sex, but I'm not going to do that. And I have no idea how I should tell my parents if I were to get pregnant because they're really conservative and would be really mad at me. Sorry this is kind of a bunch of shit jumbled into one post.

step one. research how a woman gets pregnant, step by step, in detail. get yourself familiar with all of the fcators that come into play in order for a successful pregnancy to occur.

step two, track your cycle. there are certain times in the month where you are most fertile, and times where you are least fertile. You should aim to, during your fertile window, be extra careful, or refrain from sex, period. If you have a smart phone, there are a number of free period tracker apps that you can download to help with that. However, don't expect the data to be reliable until after you have tracked three complete cycles

step three, do more research on birth control methods. you can get spermicide from any drug store, in the same aisle as the condoms (plan b can be found on that aisle as well.) Know that birth control is never 100% effective, but using more than one method, as well as methods that take away the factor of human error, will leave your chances of becoming pregnant very remote. There are also a number of reasons girls are prescribed birth control that don't necessarily have to do with sex: irregular periods, painful periods, heavy periods, having a direct family history of PCOS/endometriosis/fibroids id she doesn't have it herself, acne, etc. Try to find one that fits your circumstance.

step four, KEEP USING CONDOMS. even after you've been placed on a long-term BC. Recall what I said about multiple BC methods in step three. Also, condoms are currently the only BC method that helps protect against STI's. I know the biggest complaint aout condoms is the reduced sensation, but that's honestly a small price to pay to protect yourself. Plus they design condoms that help with sensation.

(bonus) step five, any medication you're currently prescribed to take daily, please use as directed. Set reminders, try to have them on your bedside or somewhere you can obviously see them. If you don't like swallowing pills, eat them with yogurt (be mindful if calcium will affect how it works) or applesauce.

Keep using birth control you'll be fine. Birth control actually works!?

Be careful how condoms are stored. Don't store them in a hot car.?

You can get double protection by also using a contraceptive foam or gel in addition to condoms. The combination is very effective!

(e.g. Delfen is one brand.)

Best wishes! Glad you are growing up? and developing a healthy attitude towards sex. Enjoy!

Keep using birth control you'll be fine.


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