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Men's Sexual Health

Health is an important concern for all men.

There are many health issues that only affect men. This section focuses on men's sexual health issues.

There is much we can do to protect our health. Routine visits with a health care provider can help prevent serious illness. They can also diagnose and treat the common conditions that affect men. Whether you see your health care provider regularly, or if you have not yet made your first appointment, you may have many questions about men’s health.

Our goal at Planned Parenthood is to give you up-to-date, clear information that helps you better understand your sexual and reproductive health. We hope these pages give you the facts and tools you need to protect your health and to protect the health of men you care about.

 
Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)

Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill) at a Glance

Is Emergency Contraception Right for Me?

Accidents happen — that's why we have emergency contraception (also known as the morning after pill). Did you have intercourse without using protection? Did you forget to use your birth control correctly? Did the condom break, leaving you worried about becoming pregnant? If so, emergency contraception might be a good choice for you.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear women ask about emergency contraception. We hope the answers help you decide if it is right for you. 

 
Body Image

Body Image at a Glance

We all have a body image. We all have feelings about the way we look. And we have ideas and feelings about how others think about our looks. Your overall body image can range from very positive to very negative. You may feel good about certain parts of your body or the way you look and not as good about others — that’s totally normal. Body image is also how you feel in your body — if you feel strong, able, attractive, and in control.

Many of us struggle with body image. Sometimes it is difficult to understand all of the feelings we have about our bodies and ourselves. You may have questions about body image and whether the things you think and feel are normal. Here are answers to questions that are commonly asked about body image.

 
Birth Control

Birth control allows us to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of pregnancy.

People have used birth control methods for thousands of years. Today, we have many safe and effective birth control methods available to us.

All of us who need birth control want to find the method that is best for us. And each of us has different needs when choosing a method. If you are trying to choose, learning about each method may help you make your decision. Use the list of birth control methods above to read about the methods.

Only you can decide what is best for you. And we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss all of your birth control options with you and help you get the birth control you need.

 
Abortion

Abortion is a safe and legal way for women to end pregnancy.

  • The Abortion Pill (Medication Abortion)
  • In-Clinic Abortion Procedures

There are two kinds of abortion in the U.S. — in-clinic abortion and the abortion pill.

Abortions are very common. In fact, more than 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.

If you are trying to decide if abortion is the right choice for you, you probably have many things to think about. Learning the facts about abortion may help you in making your decision. You may also want to learn more about parenting and adoption.

Only you can decide what is best for you. But we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss abortion and all of your options with you and help you find the services you need.

If you are under 18, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion or be told of your decision prior to the abortion. However, in most states you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements. Learn more about parental consent for abortion.

 
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