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As a teen, what's the best way to prevent pregnancy?

The best way to prevent pregnancy at any age is abstinence, which is not having sexual intercourse. However, if you choose to be sexually active, there are methods to prevent pregnancy, such as correctly using birth control methods including condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, patches, NuvaRing or hormone shots. All of these birth control methods have a small risk of pregnancy even if used correctly. Abstinence has no risk of pregnancy. Talk to your physician about what method is best for you.

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