Birth Control Methods
When no method is used, the risk of an unplanned pregnancy is very high. It is expected that for every 100 sexually active women who are not using a method 85 will become pregnant within one year. Women who plan their pregnancies have a better opportunity to be in control of their health and provide for a healthy pregnancy by eating well and avoiding alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
Advantages of not using any method to avoid unplanned pregnancy include:
- There are no advantages and the risk is great.
Possible disadvantages and side effects of not using a method include:
- Dealing with many life altering consequences of an unplanned pregnancy.
- No protection from HIV/AIDS or other STDs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, warts, hepatitis, or HPV.
Possible health risks include:
- The healthrisks associated with pregnancy and childbirth vary from person to person.
Making a decision about your pregnancy
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