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What is the best birth control method for a teen?

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Abstinence is 100%: Technically, the best birth control method is abstinence, because it is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. However, if you are sexually active, then a combination of oral contraceptives and barrier protection (e.g., condoms) is the best method of preventing pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about which oral contraceptives would work best for you.

Answered 11/25/2013

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Teens forget pills..: Abstinence is the only method that always works, but is not very consistently followed. One problem with teenagers is that they have a way of forgetting to take pills. Some of the newer methods which do not have to be taken daily work very well. Nuvaring is put in every 3 weeks, depo-provera is a shot every 3 months (but weight gain is too much, or an iud which can stay in for years all may work.

Answered 6/30/2014

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Dr. Brian Nguyen answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

IUD/implant: Regardless of your age, blood pressure, family history, or reactions to other birth control, the most effective and safest methods of birth control are long-acting progestin-only methods, such as the implant or the hormonal IUD, which decrease rates of endometrial cancer and decrease bleeding. They're safe, reversible, and don't affect weight gain/mood. They're almost as good as getting sterilized

Answered 5/27/2015

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