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How Can I Avoid Pregnancy Until I'm Ready for a Child?

Published: February 07, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
hi im 19 n married, except me all my family members wants kid, including my husband too... iwana plan after 4 years since im young, im strong regarding this.. what shud i do ? how can i avoid pregnancy til 4 years,i dont mind even if i cant give birth to a child. plz do reply
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Dear How Can I Avoid Pregnancy Until I Am Ready for a Child?,

TeenHealthFX thinks that it is wonderful that you know what you want and that you are taking steps to ensure you do not get pregnant before you are truly ready. If you would like to prevent pregnancy at this point in your life, TeenHealthFX recommends that you speak to a doctor about birth control. There are many different types of birth control that are very effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies. A doctor could talk to you about which type of birth control would be best for you.

There are many types of birth control. Here are a few examples of available birth control methods:

  • Birth control pill: A pill you take every day to prevent pregnancy.
  • Birth control shot: An injection that a nurse or doctor gives you every 3 months to prevent pregnancy.
  • IUD (Intrauterine Device): A tiny device inserted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is long-term and one of the most effective methods of birth control.

 

Again, it would be best to speak to a doctor about this. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is definitely a great option if you are concerned about the cost of birth control. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network primary care physicians or gynecologists.

TeenHealthFX also recommends that you and your husband check out the links in our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so that you can get information about safer sex, how pregnancy happens, birth control, STDs, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception and more. The more the two of you educate yourself about these topics, the more you will be able to make healthy decisions for yourself in terms of protecting against unwanted pregnancies.

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