Frequently Asked Questions


You deserve clear and complete answers to all of your questions about your sexual health. A few of the most common questions we hear from teens are below. You can also visit our Health Services section for frequently asked questions about the services Planned Parenthood provides.



I missed one birth control pill. What should I do?
The effectiveness of birth control is based on correct and consistent use. This means that pills are effective when always used exactly the way they were intended to be used. If even one pill is missed, the effectiveness is decreased and another form of protection such as a condom should be used. Also remember that the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections — this means it’s always a good idea to use a condom and hormonal method together.
If I'm just having oral sex, do I need protection?
Oral sex is sex and some STIs can be transmitted orally through fluid exchange or skin-to-skin contact. So a barrier method (like a condom or a dental dam) must be used for this type of sexual activity. Visit the national Planned Parenthood web site to learn more about protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections.
If I have unprotected sex or the condom breaks, what can I do besides wait and hope I get my period?
Emergency contraception (EC) is available from Planned Parenthood or your personal doctor. EC is most effective in the first 72 hours (3 days) after failed protected or unprotected sex, but is shown to be effective up to 120 hours (5 days). To learn more about how EC works, check out the national Planned Parenthood web site

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