Every method of birth control does have a failure rate so of course, abstinence is the only sure method of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Thankfully however, we do have some excellent ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies and infections. Use condoms EVERY time you have sex to prevent infection. I recommend very reliable, long-term birth control for teenagers who want to finish high school and college - IUDs (up to 5-10 yrs.) and Implanon (up to 3 years) are great options - talk with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for these options.
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Mary Lake Polan, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredThat's easy, condoms are the best way for anyone to prevent both pregnancy and STDs - both for teens and adults. You have to use them EVERY time you have sex but they are the easily available and don't require a doctor's perscription. Remember that even if you are taking birth control pills, you have no protection against STD's so you may want to use both pills and condoms for broader protection.
The contraception methods that work best for pregnancy prevention are Depo Provera and the IUDs. With either of these methods approximately 1/1000 women become pregnant annually. On the birth control pill, 1/100 women become pregnant annually and this is with perfect (not typical) use.
None of the above methods prevent STD transmission. The only methods proven to decrease STD risk are male or female condoms and abstinence.
Patricia Geraghty, NP, Advanced Practice Nursing, answered
The birth control that works best against both pregnancy and STDs all by itself is a condom. That is because condoms are the only birth control that work against STDs. However, condoms, while they are way more effective than not using birth control at all, are not the best or most effective against pregnancy.
In general, the less you have to do about birth control everyday or even every time you have sex, the better the birth control works at preventing pregnancy. For women who still want to be able to have a pregnancy later when the time is right, the most effective birth control is an intrauterine device or IUD. Also very effective are the pills, patch and vaginal ring that contain hormones.
The birth control that works best against pregnancy and STDs is to use one of these very effective methods along with condoms every single time you have sex.