Young women and their caregivers have birth control questions. We’re here to help you answer them.
Whether you’re seeking the latest birth control option information or resources to help patients make confident contraceptive decisions, our provider resources can assist.
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Birth Control Methods
Use our web-based and downloadable resources to aid birth control discussions.
- Which Birth Control is Right for Me? (Note: Includes video resource for patients)
- Download Birth Control Options Resource
- Birth Control Options Grid (Contraceptive Action Plan)
- Birth Control Method Options (Reproductive Health National Training Center)
Visit our Resources page to view more teen- and parent-focused content.
Patient-Centered Contraceptive Counseling
- How to Use The PATH® Framework (Envision Sexual and Reproductive Health)
- One Key Question® (OKQ) (Power to Decide)
- Explaining Contraception: Job Aids for Healthcare Providers (Reproductive Health National Training Center)
- Counseling Adolescents About Contraception (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- Patient-centered Contraceptive Counseling (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- Contraception for Adolescents (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Contraceptive Counseling E-Learning (Reproductive Health National Training Center)
- Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge (PICCK)
Low Maintenance Contraceptives
Low maintenance contraceptives, also called long acting reversible contraception (LARC), are the most effective reversible methods of birth control available to reduce unplanned teen pregnancy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends LARC as first-line options for teens. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, LARC are safe and appropriate contraceptive methods for most women and adolescents.
Medication Fact Sheets
Review advantages, disadvantages, risks and additional information for each birth control method.
- Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills
- Contraceptive Patch
- Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)
- Hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD)
- Nexplanon® Implant
- Vaginal Ring
- Emergency Contraception
- Opciones de métodos anticonceptivos
- Píldoras anticonceptivas
- Parche anticonceptivo
- Dispositivo Intrauterino (DIU) no Hormonal de Cobre
- Dispositivo Intrauterino (DIU) Hormonal
- Implante Nexplanon®
- Píldoras anticonceptivas de progestina sola (La minipíldora)
- Inyección (Depo-Provera®)
- Anillo vaginal
- Anticoncepción de emergencia (AE)
- Dooqyada Xakameynta Dhalmada (Ka hortaga uurka)
- Kaniiniyada Xakameynta Dhalmada
- Faashada Ka hortaga dhalmada
- Caaga Xakameynta Dhalmada Ilmo galeenka aan hoormonka aheyn (IUD)
- Caaga Ilmo galeenka Ka hortaga uurka (IUD)
- Galinta Nexplanon®
- Isku darka Kaniiniyada Xakameynta Dhalmada (The Minipill)
- Cirbada (Depo-Provera®)
- Faraantiga Siilka
- Ka hortaga uurka Degdega (EC)
Training & Speaking Opportunities
BC4Teens offers providers LARC and pregnancy prevention training. Staff may also serve as meeting or event guest speakers.
Interested in learning more about LARC and teens? Contact us to schedule a lunch and learn with your office.
Blog Posts, Articles & Podcasts
- PediaCast: Birth Control for Teenagers
- Pediatrics Nationwide: Best Practices for Patient-Centered Contraception Counseling About the Etonogestrel Implant
- Publication: Providing Contraception for Young People During a Pandemic Is Essential Health Care
Downloadable Tools & Guides
- Guide: Breakthrough Bleeding on the Etonogestrel Implant (Nexplanon) - Management and Treatment Options
- Guide: Coding for Contraceptive Implant and IUDs
- Guide: How to Help Your Teen Patients Choose the Right Method of Contraception
- Guide: Prescribing Guidelines for Prescription Contraceptives
- Guide: Set Up Guide for LARC Insertions and Removals
- Guide: U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016
- Guide: US Selected Practice Recommendations (US SPR) for Contraceptive Use, 2016
- Guide: How to Be Reasonably Certain That a Woman is Not Pregnant; When to Start Using Specific Contraceptive Methods; and Routine Follow-Up After Contraceptive Initiation
- Tool: Contraception Smartphone App
- Tool: Beyond the Pill - USCF
- Tools for Self-Administered Subcutaneous Depo:
- A Toolkit for User Administration of Subcutaneous Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate - National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning
- Self-administration of Injectable Contraception - National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
- Depo SubQUser Guide - Reproductive Health Access Project
Presentations and Learning Modules
- Adolescent Health Presentations: Growth and Development, Confidentiality and Consent, and Contraception*
*Please Note: You must create an account to view learning modules. Search Contraception in the BHP to view modules.
What is BC4Teens?
The Young Women’s Contraceptive Services Program (BC4Teens) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive, outpatient contraceptive services for adolescent girls and young women up to age 25.
We provide a full spectrum of family planning services, including:
- Contraception counseling
- Access to contraceptives in a teen-friendly environment
- Same-day LARC (contraceptive implant, hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs) or method of choice for all medically eligible females
- Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
BC4Teens is not geared toward evaluation of gynecologic problems or menstrual suppression.
A parent or guardian must attend the first visit to BC4Teens to give consent if the patient is under 18. Due to the sensitive nature of topics discussed at BC4Teens, patients have the opportunity to speak with the provider in private.