Today people and organizations around the globe are celebrating World Contraception Day to spread awareness (to young people in particular) about birth control methods.
At the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, we’re all about supporting and empowering young people to take control of their sexual health. So we put together a reading list with our favorite blog posts about birth control and sexual health.
1. Choosing a Birth Control Method
There are a LOT of birth control methods out there for people with vaginas. Choosing the right method can feel overwhelming. That’s why we put together 6 Questions to Help You Choose a Birth Control Method.
2. How much do you actually know about condoms?
Condoms are a cheap, effective, easy-to-get contraceptive method, and one of the few that people with penises can take responsibility for! It’s important, though, to know how to use them the right way.
3. What are LARCs?
We’re big fans of long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which work for years and have no room for user error. We debunked myths about IUDs here, and talked about the implant here.
4. Let’s not forget about communication
Talking about sex can feel awkward or difficult at first, but it’s really important. We gave some practical advice in our You Asked It column about how to start The Condom Conversation.
5. Emergency contraception
There are a lot of myths out there about emergency contraception (sometimes called Plan B). But using EC is actually a healthy way to take charge of your sexual health! We talked about the different kinds, how they work, and how to get it in Birth Control Bind.
If you’re 10-22 years old near NYC, stop by the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center for completely free, confidential health care, including free birth control and answers to all your questions about safer sex!
The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center is located in New York City. It provides comprehensive, confidential, judgment free health care at no charge to over 10,000 young people every year. This column is not intended to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or to any other individual, only general information for education purposes only.