Do I need Birth Control?
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Do I need Birth Control?

Having intercourse without using birth control when you don't want a baby is a huge gamble. It can turn your life upside down.

When should you start thinking about birth control? If you start having sex first and start thinking about birth control later, you could get pregnant by accident.

Do I want a baby?

If you decide to have sex, it's important to know whether you want to have a baby.

If you don’t want to get pregnant or get someone pregnant, you’ve got two options: don’t have sexual intercourse, or if you do, use birth control. It's also called contraception, or family planning.

Is there a difference between sexual intercourse and sex?


Sexual intercourse, when a man puts his penis in a woman's vagina, is just one way to have sex. Sexual intercourse is basically the only way to get a woman pregnant. Oral sex and anal sex are also ‘sex’, but they won't get a woman pregnant. You can only get pregnant without having sexual intercourse if sperm accidentally gets into the vagina.

You can get pregnant if:

  • It’s your first time having intercourse
  • You have intercourse before you’ve started your periods
  • You’ve had intercourse during your period
  • You forget to take your pill just once or forget to use condoms just once
  • Your partner pulls out (withdraws) before he comes


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