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Top 7 myths about birth control

I spend a lot of time teaching students in secondary schools about safe sex practices, such as birth control and preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).

I hear a lot of wrong information about birth control from teenagers, mostly from their friends and the internet. There are a lot of myths floating around about getting pregnant and birth control.

Also, birth control has changed over the past few years to include some new and different methods.

Because there are so many different fantasies and so many changes, you and your teen may have a lot of questions.

Here are a few common misconceptions that your high schooler may hear, along with the facts about them today.

Myth 1: To avoid pregnancy, no one uses anything other than birth control pills and condoms

Combining birth control pills with condoms is a common method, but low-support birth control is becoming more and more popular.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the implant give kids a safe way to prevent pregnancy that can last for a long time and is almost always effective (compared with pills, which are 91 percent effective).

All methods of preventing pregnancy should be used with a condom to protect against diseases that can be passed through the body (STIs).

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