Not now

Do you have other things on your "to do" list than having a baby? If yes, there are some things you must do now to make sure "baby" does not show up on your list unexpectedly.

The first thing is to talk with your health care provider about a birth control method that is right for you. Be honest in your conversation with your health care provider. Ask LOTS of questions. Make sure you know how to use the method and what to do if you think you may have made an error. Click here to find great links to get you started.

Remember to protect yourself. Many birth control methods do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). So if you have multiple partners or are not in a monogamous relationship, you should use condoms every time you have sex. STIs, if untreated, can not only make you sick, but they might interfere with your future dreams of having a family.

Take a multivitamin every day. Women are busy and may not always make the time to eat as healthy as they should. Taking a multivitamin every day is one quick and inexpensive way you can take care of yourself.

Make sure that you keep eating smart and moving more. Stay up to date on your vaccinations and health screenings. The healthier you are, the more likely you are able to achieve your dreams in life. For more information on health topics related to your age-group, visit the Women’s Health at Any Age section of this website.

Revised: May 31, 2011

This web site is designed for informational use only; it is not designed to give advice, diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition you may have. If you have any questions about your health, please contact your health care provider.