Young Women's Contraceptive Services :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus Ohio

Your Teen and Birth Control

Every day, teens are faced with decisions. Decisions about school, decisions about friends, even decisions about sex. 
Parents play a key role in educating children and providing support to prevent unplanned teen pregnancies. Check out a few of the frequently asked questions we receive from parents. 

How can I help my teen make good decisions about practicing safe sex and birth control?

The BC4Teens Program is a place where young women and parents can comfortably talk with our medical team about issues that can be difficult: Sex, birth control, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and more. Offering a full range of contraceptive counseling, BC4Teens has the newest and longest-lasting forms of birth control. And your teen can get the one that’s best for her – during her appointment.

How can I talk to my teen about sex and birth control?

As children age and become teens, they will continue to come to you to discuss harder topics such as having sex or using birth control. We know these conversations can be uncomfortable for everyone, and while teens may not act like they want to hear what you have to say, they take in a lot more than we think. Share your morals and values around sexual activity and make sure to give them the facts in a non-judgmental fashion. Read tips for talking to your teen about birth control.

Why should I talk to my teen about birth control? 

From a young age it is important to let kids know you are available to talk about their feelings and answer questions. In the United States, 71 percent of teens have engaged in sexual activity by 19 years of age.Teaching teens about birth control is not giving them permission to engage in sexual activity. It is preparing them to protect themselves against unplanned pregnancy and STIs. 

Which birth control method is the right one?

Many different kinds of birth control are safe and effective for teens. Methods like the contraceptive implant and IUD that can last for years at a time, are more than 99% effective and are completely reversible.Talk to Nationwide Children’s experts to learn about the different options and which form might be best for your teen. Learn about the birth control methods available here.

Can I afford birth control?

Preventive services, like birth control, are available for most of our patients at no cost to the patient. We also accept most insurance and Medicaid. Visit our Billing FAQ page for more information.


contact info

Adolescent Medicine Clinic
495 E. Main Street, Suite B
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 722-6200
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We offer evening appointments.
A parent or guardian must be present during a minor's first visit. 


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700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000