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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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 July 2020 23:55

Is the implant contraceptives comfortable

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 July 2020 14:12

Hi there,

The implant is quite costly if you go to a private doctor but you can get it for free at some clinics

B-Wise User 5 July 2020 22:40

If you had tb spine is it possible for you to take birth control pills .

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 July 2020 15:06

Hi There,

Yes you can take birth control pills, but talk to your health care provider to advice on best option for birth control

B-Wise User Anonymous 4 July 2020 17:53

Hi. If you go on periods when you're already on narstirate ,is the a high risk of getting pregnant when you have sex after your periods?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 July 2020 14:03


No there is no higher risk. It is recommended that you use condoms though 

B-Wise User Anonymous 4 July 2020 17:50

Hi.How long does it take to experience the signs and symptoms of pregnancy? And what are the signs or symptoms of pregnancy?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 July 2020 14:02


It can take anytime from 3 weeks to a month. 

Signs are a missed period (most important one), sore or swollen breasts, lower back pain and nausea 

B-Wise User Anonymous 30 June 2020 15:07

Can having anal sex without a condom make a woman pregnant

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 June 2020 17:13


No it won't make her pregnant but HIV and STIs can still be spread from anal sex

B-Wise User Anonymous 13 June 2020 00:58

Hi it's been 3 months now not getting my periods due to contraceptives pills so I stopped taking them when not getting my periods I dont know what to do cause I have stomach pains every night I feel like my womb is being pulled out and am very hungry all the time, I urinate every 5 minutes i feel some weight on my womb. Please help me I dont know what's going on with my body

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 June 2020 15:57


You need to go to the clinic or doctor to get checked and you must tell them about the side effects you experienced because of the pill.

Some women don't get their period when they are on contraceptives and that is normal.

B-Wise User Anonymous 27 May 2020 23:30

Its been at least 14 months since i last had sex, i don't desires to nor feel turned on anymore. My boyfriend and i are still together though. But i dont think i will ever want to have sex again, its pointless i just want to be loved without intimacy. By the way im 22 years old and i have 2 kids and we are engaged. I just want to know if is there something wrong with me because we dont even kiss anymore.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2020 13:33


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B-Wise User Anonymous 19 May 2020 21:19

If you have sex with a boy that doesn't have sperm can you get pregnant . I forgot to say hi sorry ð??¬

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 May 2020 13:29


What do you mean he doesn't have sperm?

Even if he doesn't cum or ejaculate, there is still the risk that some sperm entered your vagina during sex. That is why it is important to use a condom

B-Wise User Anonymous 11 May 2020 18:13

Hello!i had unprotected sex the day after my period ended is there a chance that i can get pregnant??

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2020 10:57


The chance is low but there is still a possibility. Get a pregnancy test to be sure.

B-Wise User Anonymous 18 October 2019 09:43

Hi ive heard many scary stories about the 3months injection that it makes people infertile i was using it and im scared didn't go for my second shot

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 October 2019 19:08

Hi there, thank you for your question. No,  a contraceptive does not make you infertile you can still have children if you stop taking a contraceptive 

B-Wise User Anonymous 18 July 2019 11:16

What if I'm a virgin and I wanna start having sex but I'm scared of my mother what should I do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 July 2019 09:13

Hi there, this is how to talk to your parents or caregivers about important things

B-Wise User Anonymous 4 April 2019 23:24

Hi is it true that when u are using the 3 months contraception, it increases the chances of getting HIV and STI's?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 April 2019 12:59

Hi thank you for your question. No contraceptives do not effect your chances of getting HIV. You always need to protect yourself.

B-Wise User Cnqo321jili 1 April 2019 15:20

Can menstruation start at the age of 12 Aneziwe from Mvoti clinic the ground breaker said that it's OK nothing is wrong with that

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 April 2019 15:47

Hi there, yes that's true you can start your period as young as 12 years old 

B-Wise User Cnqo321jili 1 April 2019 15:17

Special thanks to Aneziwe Maduna from Maori clinic for help me join be wise.

B-Wise User Juno 28 March 2019 11:49

And when using contraception like pills and injections let's remember it only prevents pregnancy not HIV or other infections guys so we should use Dual protection all the time so we could be on the safe side all the time.

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 April 2019 08:38

Dear Anonymous. Thank you for your comment! Well said. 

B-Wise User Anonymous 18 March 2019 21:04

How can one access easy and affordable pertenity test

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 March 2019 12:03

Hi there, please click on this link to get all the information you need

B-Wise User Thabiso precise 18 March 2019 12:07

How to prevent pregnancy

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 March 2019 12:06

Hi there, this is how you can prevent pregnancy Hi there, this is how you can prevent pregnancy

B-Wise User T Modipane 10 March 2019 19:54

Can we use male and female condom at the same time?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 March 2019 22:22

Dear Anonymous. The male and female condoms should not be used at the same time because friction can break them, make them stick together, or make one or the other slip out of place during sex. It’s best you choose one between the two to protect you and your partner. Learn more about female condoms here: How to use a female condom.

B-Wise User Oumiki 8 March 2019 16:42

At the age of 12 years old you can bare a child???

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 March 2019 22:52

Dear Anonymous. A woman can get pregnant and have a baby as soon as she begins ovulating, or producing eggs. This is when you start getting your periods. At this stage you are fertile and can get pregnant if you have unprotected sex.

B-Wise User 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

B-Wise User 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.

B-Wise User 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?


B-Wise User 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.