Contraception is another word for birth control. It is the deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy. The major forms of contraception are barrier methods, the pill, intrauterine devices and sterilization. Using birth control is important because it helps prevent unplanned pregnancy which can lead to financial and family stress, de-railing educational plans and potential health concerns for young mothers and babies.

The Bridge is a non-judgmental, confidential practice where you can get various types of contraception at a very low cost or even free. Even if you don’t have insurance we can easily sign you up for family planning Medicaid to cover the cost of your contraception.

Which Birth Control Method is Right for You?

Definition –not having any kind of sex play with a partner. Being continuously abstinent is the only way to be absolutely sure that you won’t have an unintended pregnancy or get an STD.

Importance—Sexual relationships present risks. Abstinence is a very good way to postpone taking those risks until you are better able to handle them.

Prevention– Abstinence prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm out of the vagina. 100% effective.

Diagnoses – Women who abstain until their 20s — and who have fewer partners in their lifetimes — may have certain health advantages over women who do not. They are less likely to get STDs. Because they are less likely to get an STD, they are also less likely to become infertile or develop cervical cancer.

Treatment– Staying abstinent is a choice you make every day.

Definition – Birth Control Pills are contraceptive pills taken daily.

Importance – Birth control pills are important because they prevent pregnancy, but are not as reliable as other forms of contraceptives.

Prevention – Birth Control pills prevent pregnancy. 90% effective, must take daily.

Diagnoses – Birth Control prescription.

Treatment – Pills are taken daily at the same time each day.

Definition – A thin latex or plastic sheath worn on the penis during intercourse to prevent pregnancy and STIs or inserted inside the vagina (Male or female condoms).

Importance – Condoms are the only contraceptive that also prevents STIs.

Prevention – Condoms prevent unplanned pregnancy and STIs. Can be used with another form of birth control for extra protection. 82% effective, must be replaced each time you have sex.

Diagnoses – There is not diagnoses or prescriptions needed for condoms.

Treatment – They are readily available for purchase at pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores. Male condoms are free at the Bridge Center.

Definition – A contraceptive Implant that is a small flexible plastic rod placed under the skin of the upper arm.

Importance – The Implant is important because it is a reliable method of contraception

Prevention – The Implant prevents unplanned pregnancy. 99% effective. Lasts up to 4 years.

Treatment – The Implant is placed in the upper arm under the skin by a health care professional.

Definition – An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a T-shaped, plastic device inserted into the uterus by a health care professional. There are multiple types of IUDs. Both copper IUDs and hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy by changing the way sperm move so they can’t get to an egg. If sperm can’t make it to an egg, pregnancy can’t happen.

Importance – IUDs are important because they have one of the lowest failure rates of any contraceptive method. Also they are perfect for anyone who doesn’t plan on having kids in the near future. Some IUDs can stay in place for 10 years, although they can of course be removed at any time.

Prevention – The IUD prevents unplanned pregnancy, and all the burdens that come with it. 99% effective, up to 12 years.

Diagnosis – Make an appointment today to come to the Teen Health Center to get your IUD.

Treatment – The IUD is place inside the uterus by a health care professional. IUDs release hormones into the body to prevent pregnancy.

Definition– The birth control patch is a thin, beige, plastic patch that sticks to the skin. It’s used to prevent pregnancy.

Importance– Reliable method of birth control that only has to be changed weekly.

Prevention– When used properly the patch prevents pregnancy 99%. If not used properly the patch becomes about 90% effective.

Diagnoses- You need a prescription.

Treatment- A new patch is placed on the skin once a week for three weeks in a row, followed by a patch-free week.


GHS Bridge Center for Teens & Young Adults
1350 Cleveland Street, Greenville SC