Sexual and Reproductive Health Resources
Birth Control Options
Learn about the different birth control options available, from condoms to the pill and everything in between, here. Bedsider is a great resource to compare different kinds of birth control methods, including price, convenience, cost and other factors. Find out where you can get birth control in your area here.
Condoms are a convenient option for many people, and the only form of birth control that also prevents STIs - a total win-win! Condoms come in tons of different shapes, sizes, colors, flavors, and textures, making it easy to find one that suits your needs and the needs of your partner. Condoms are widely available online, in drug stores, and often available for free at Planned Parenthood health centers and at your local health department!
Emergency Contraception (The Morning After Pill)
When things don’t go according to plan, the emergency contraception pill (also known as the morning after pill) can prevent a pregnancy from occurring. Learn more about EC here and here, and where to get it in your area here.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Knowing about STIs and getting tested regularly is a key part of a good sexual health. Learn all about the different types of STIs, how they are transmitted, and how testing is done here. If you’re not sure what STIs to get tested for, talk to a health care provider to determine what tests may be right for you.
Of course, if you have symptoms of a potential STI, getting tested and treated right away is extremely important - both for your own health and to prevent passing it on to your sexual partner(s). Keep in mind that many people don’t have any symptoms even when they have an STI, such as HIV - and thus it’s important to get tested and stay protected.
Not sure where to get tested? Find a confidential healthcare provider that does STI testing in your area here.
*In most areas, parental consent is not needed for STD testing for people who are under 18.
Safe sex can prevent exposure to STIs as well as unintended pregnancy, and is an important component of a healthy sex life. Safe sex doesn’t meant that you have to sacrifice pleasure or fun - in fact, safe sex means keeping both your and your partner’s pleasure and health at the forefront, making your sex life all the better because of it. Talk to your partner about birth control, using protection, and STI testing, and consider getting tested together.