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  • About Birth Control

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.

  • Abstinence

    Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Abstinence also protects people against STDs.

  • Birth Control Methods: How Well Do They Work?

    Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.

  • Birth Control Patch

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Learn what the birth control patch is, how well it works, and more.

  • Birth Control Pill

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to learn what birth control pills are, how well they work, and more.

  • Birth Control Ring

    A woman places the birth control ring in her vagina where it slowly releases hormones into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy.

  • Birth Control Shot

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article about the birth control shot and find out how it works - and how well.

  • Condoms

    Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.

  • Do You Need a Pelvic Exam to Get Birth Control?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex; for example, if a condom breaks or slips off during sex. It is also available to teens who are forced to have unprotected sex.

  • Fertility Awareness

    Learn what the fertility awareness (rhythm method) of birth control is and how it works - and some of the reasons why it might not work for teens.

  • How Can Condoms Break?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Implantable Contraception

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Find out what implantable contraception is, how well it works, and more.

  • Spermicide

    Spermicides should be used with another birth control method, such as condoms or a diaphragm. They be used alone but are not very effective that way.

  • Talking to Your Partner About Condoms

    Some people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.

  • The Cervical Cap

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article about the cervical cap to find out if it's right for you and how well it works.

  • The Diaphragm

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. A diaphragm may be a birth control good option for a young woman who can take responsibility in advance.

  • The IUD

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Learn more about the IUD and to find out how well it works for teens.

  • Withdrawal

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Learn about withdrawal - and whether it's effective at preventing pregnancy and STDs.

  • Can I Stop Myself From Having a Wet Dream?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Gynecomastia

    Puberty can be confusing, especially when unexpected changes happen. Learn what gynecomastia is and why it happens.

  • Hernias

    A hernia is an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue, or membrane that normally holds an organ in place. Learning to prevent hernias isn't hard to do - check out these tips.

  • How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow)

    The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps - which are usually the first sign of testicular cancer.

  • Is It Normal to Get Erections?

    If you've ever had an erection in an embarrassing situation, you've probably asked yourself this question. But erections are a perfectly normal function of the male body, especially in guys who are going through puberty.

  • Is It Normal to Have an Erection When Waking Up?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Is My Penis Normal?

    Just about every guy wonders about the size of his penis at one time or another.

  • Male Reproductive System

    What makes up a guy's reproductive system and how does it develop? Find the answers to these questions and more.

  • Sexual Attraction and Orientation

    Both guys and girls often find themselves having sexual thoughts and attractions. For some, these feelings and thoughts can be intense — and even confusing.

  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying

    Just like other kinds of bullying, sexual bullying is intended to hurt, offend, or intimidate another person. Find out how to recognize sexual bullying and harassment and what to do.

  • Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    When you're a teen, your body changes — this is part of growing up. You will have to learn new routines to keep yourself clean and healthy. Here's what to expect.

  • Talking to Your Partner About Condoms

    Some people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.

  • Testicular Exams

    If you're a guy, you may be wondering why the doctor needs to do a testicular exam. Find out in this article.

  • Testicular Injuries

    Serious testicular injuries are relatively uncommon, but testicular injury can be painful. Here's how you can protect yourself from injury.

  • Testicular Torsion

    This emergency condition happens when the spermatic cord gets twisted and cuts off blood supply, causing pain and swelling. Find out what to do in this article for teens.

  • Varicocele

    A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins in the scrotum. Although there is no way to prevent a varicocele, it usually needs no special treatment.

  • What Are Wet Dreams?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Why Do My Testicles Ache?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Why Is My Voice Changing?

    At puberty, guys' bodies begin producing a lot of the hormone testosterone, which causes changes in several parts of the body, including the voice.

  • Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    When you're a teen, your body changes. This part of growing up. It's called puberty. Here's what to expect.

  • Bacterial Vaginosis

    BV is the most common vaginal infection. Although it's a mild infection, it can cause serious problems if it's not treated. Find out how to recognize BV and what to do about it in this article for teens.

  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is an STD that often has no symptoms, so lots of people can have it and not know it. Read this article to learn how to protect yourself.

  • Do I Need a Pelvic Exam if I Had the HPV Vaccine?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Genital Herpes

    Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There's no cure for genital herpes, but medicines can help control it.

  • Genital Warts (HPV)

    You've probably heard lots about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. For information on how to protect yourself and how to treat genital warts, read this article.

  • Gonorrhea

    The STD gonorrhea can be very dangerous if it's not treated, even in someone who has mild or no symptoms. For information about how to protect yourself, read this article.

  • Hepatitis

    Hepatitis, an infectious liver disease, is more contagious than HIV. Find out about the different types of hepatitis.

  • Hepatitis C

    The hepatitis C virus (HCV) spreads through blood or other body fluids, and can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. The most common way people become infected is by sharing drug paraphernalia.

  • HIV and AIDS

    There is no cure for AIDS, which is why prevention is so important. Get the facts on HIV/AIDS, as well as how it affects the body and is treated, in this article.

  • How Do I Get Checked for STDs Without My Parents Knowing?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • How Do People Get AIDS?

    AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is a disease where the body is unable to fight off many infectious diseases as it normally could. Find out how AIDS is spread and how to protect yourself against it.

  • How to Get Tested for HIV

    Often the only way to know if someone is infected with HIV is through testing. Here are the facts on what's involved in getting tested — and who should get tested for HIV and why.

  • HPV Vaccine

    The HPV vaccine can help protect against the virus that causes genital warts and may lead to some kinds of cancer. Find out more in this article for teens.

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

    Pelvic inflammatory disease, sometimes called PID, is an infection of the fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, or ovaries. Learn how to protect yourself.

  • Pubic Lice (Crabs)

    Pubic lice, or "crabs," are tiny insects that usually spread through sex.

  • STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

    You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.

  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Early treatment can cure it and prevent long-term problems.

  • Talking to Your Partner About Condoms

    Some people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.

  • Talking to Your Partner About STDs

    You know you should talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) before the action starts. But what if the thought of having "the talk" makes you nervous? These tips can help.

  • Telling Your Partner You Have an STD

    People who have STDs might feel apprehensive about discussing their disease with a partner. Here are some tips on talking to a partner when you have an STD.

  • Trichomoniasis

    Trichomoniasis is a curable disease that can be passed from one person to another during sex. The good news is that it can be prevented. Read about how to protect yourself.

  • Urinary Tract Infections

    A urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common reasons that teens visit a doctor. Learn about the symptoms of UTIs, how they're treated, and more in this article.

  • Vaginal Yeast Infections

    What are vaginal yeast infections? Can anything be done to prevent them?

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