Protect yourself from getting pregnant!

If you are not ready to fall pregnant, you can protect yourself with contraception. It is most important to remember that having sex without using contraception, even just once, can end in a pregnancy.

But what is contraception? Contraception is just the name for man-made ways to stop you from falling pregnant during sex. There are many different kinds of things men and women can use to prevent pregnancy.

No contraception is 100% guaranteed to prevent pregnancy. The only way you can be 100% sure that you will not get pregnant is to choose not to have sex at all (also known as abstinence).

Many people choose not to have sex for many reasons:

  • to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections,
  • to wait until there are old enough and ready to have sex
  • to wait until they find the right person to have sex with,
  • to wait to get married first,
  • to follow the rules of their religion,
  • to have fun with their partner without having to have sex,
  • to focus on school, work or other things.

However, if you choose to have sex, it's always best to use contraception. There are many different kinds; learn about how they work before you choose one. Remember, if you are 12 years old and older you have the right to get contraception. Talk to a doctor or nurse about your options so you can choose the one that is best for you!

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Anonymous 26 June 2018 18:43

How to tell your mom you want to get contraception?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 July 2018 18:32

Hi there, Sex and contraception may be difficult topics to talk to your parents or caregivers about and it can be uncomfortable for them as well! Here are tips you can try to introduce the topic

Anonymous 5 April 2018 15:43

Went to one of my local clinics to get Contraceptive pills but I was told pills are not distributed to school girls yet from what I read here it says "Remember, if you are 12 years old and older you have the right to get contraception." And I'm 17 years old

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 18:10

Hi Anonymous, sorry to hear about what happened to you at your local clinic. What you read on the site is accurate – by law, if you are 12 years old and older you have the right to get contraception. The National Department of Health wants to make all clinics youth-friendly. You can report good or in your case bad service, and find another clinic close to you, here.

Anonymous 19 March 2018 19:46

Hi what is the course of urine burning?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 March 2018 15:48

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. There are a number of reasons that could cause burning urine. It could be caused by a bacterial infection, or by an STI such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. It’s best to see a nurse or doctor to get tested and treated. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. Our articles can also give you more information about STIs: check out I have a discharge-do I have an STI and I don’t want to get an STI-How can I protect myself?


BWise Moderators 28 February 2017 11:54

Ayanda on Facebook asked: Its biased on our health ryt so is it possible to get pregnant on you first sex experience??

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 March 2017 12:35

Hi Anonymous, Yes, it is possible to get pregnant any time you have sex, even if it’s your first time. Using contraception and a condom every time you have sex will help to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It’s a good idea to check with your nurse or doctor if you think you may be pregnant. You can also get advice from them on how best to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV and pregnancy. Read the Basics of Sex section on B-Wise for more information on this topic and many others.