Know your options.
One Key Question
The One Key Question quiz helps you start the conversation with your provider about if and when you want to get pregnant. It’s quick and easy, because it’s actually one question. So let’s get to it.
Would you like to become pregnant within the next year?
I don’t want to.
Discuss with your provider about birth control options that best fit your likes, dislikes and lifestyle.
I’m not sure.
Get tips on a healthy pregnancy but also consider what birth control you might like while you’re figuring it out.
I think I’m ready.
Talk to your provider about what you can do to best prepare for a healthy pregnancy.
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Find External Resources
Need more information on birth control? Want to start feeling more empowered in reclaiming your sexual health? See the list below for additional resources for you to continue taking charge of your body.
- Bedsider: Bedsider.org (Bedsider) is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy.
- Power to Decide: They provide trusted, high-quality, accurate information—backed by research—on sexual health and contraceptive methods so young people can make informed decisions.
- OMGYES: OMGYES is a sex-positive, research-backed video & interactive resource for women, men and couples to learn how to give better sexual pleasure to women.
- Bloomi: Bloomi is an online marketplace for sex hygiene, periods and sex products. Their mission is to improve intimate care and sexual wellness “one vulva at a time.”
- The body: a home for love: Instagram page dedicated to shifting culture around how black women heal from sexual trauma through restorative programming, art, design and wellness.
- QueerSexTherapy: Sex & Relationship Instagram page. Has useful “Quarantine Sex” tips.
You’ve got questions. We can help.
How do I know what birth control is right for me?
Finding the right birth control is like finding the right person to do your hair. It depends on your lifestyle, your future plans, your habits and your body. Every body is different, so you might try a method or two before you find the right fit, and that's okay. Talk to your provider about your options and let them help you find the right method for you.
How much will my birth control cost?
If you're insured, birth control is usually covered by your insurance. (But check with them just to make sure!) If you're not insured, there are a few programs out there to partially or fully cover your birth control--even IUDs and implants. Check out our clinics for more info.
How do I know what side effects to expect on birth control?
Most side effects of birth control are mild or barely even noticeable, but your provider should be able to answer any questions you have about a specific method. For more details on side effects, visit Bedsider.org/methods.
I'm a teen. How do I talk to my mom about birth control?
And if you're not comfortable talking to your mom yet, you can still get an appointment to talk about your options and get STI testing or pregnancy testing for free at Baylor Teen Health clinics. See our clinics page for more info.
I don't want to get pregnant right now, but I don't want to put hormones in my body. What can I do?
Some birth control methods (like copper IUDs, condoms, diaphrams and other barrier methods) don't come with hormones. There are also low-dose hormonal methods that can come with decreased side effects.
What are the most effective birth control methods?
The pill has a 99.7% effective rate if it's used perfectly (at the same time every day.) But most people don't use it perfectly, and its effectiveness can drop in that case. If you think you might not keep the routine, it's a good idea to consider a method with less upkeep, like an IUD or arm implant.
Does birth control protect me against STIs?
Condoms are the only birth control method that also protects against STIs. So if you're on any other method, you should still use a condom to protect yourself and your partner.
My partner says I can't get pregnant if he pulls out. Is that true?
He's uh…misinformed. That's not true. Anytime you have unprotected sex, you're just that: unprotected. Pregnancy and STIs are possible every time you have sex, so it's best to be safe and make sure you're covered with a reliable birth control method AND a condom.