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What is Teen Maze?


Teen Maze is a FREE and fun event where you have the opportunity to join other teens in exploring making the best decisions for your future. Just like in real life, each decision you make in this maze has a consequence. Join us on Saturday, March 17, at CGTC Titans Arena to find out where your decisions take you!

What to expect

Through this interactive maze, you’ll encounter different situations and outcomes that will greatly impact your opportunity to “win” or graduate. Some of these situations include a car crash scene, drunk driving simulation and going to court or jail. You’ll also learn about the consequences and responsibilities involving: dating, safe sex, drug abuse and so much more.

Why should I attend Teen Maze?

At the Teen Maze, you’ll find out what happens when you make good life decisions… and you’ll see how drastically a bad decision can change your life. After this event, you’ll be able to make informed decisions that could increase your chance of graduating and achieving your goals. Teen Maze is hosted by Macon-Bibb County Health Department in partnership with many community organizations.

How can I sign up?

You can register online right now! 

Once you sign up, you’ll need to complete the following forms before you attend Teen Maze:

Thinking about getting the birth control implant?


Nexplanon is a small, flexible rod about the size of a matchstick. It’s inserted in your upper arm by a healthcare professional in the office. You’ll be able to feel it, but no one will really see it. In fact, people probably won’t even know you have it! Nexplanon is 99% effective and works for up to 3 years, so you can get it and forget it. No more worrying or remembering to take a pill every day or visit the doctor’s office for a shot every few weeks!

Do we still have to use condoms with Nexplanon?

If inserted during your period the Nexplanon is immediately effective. If you don’t have your period when it’s put in you should use a condom for at least 7 days. Wearing a condom every time you have sex is still a good idea with any birth control as a backup method and to prevent STIs.

Will Nexplanon break, fall out or get lost in my arm?

No! Once it’s placed, the Nexplanon will remain safely in it’s spot for 3 years until removed by a trained health care professional. There is less than 0.1% risk that the rod will break, and that can only happen if it’s bent back and forth in the arm repeatedly.

Is Nexplanon really expensive?

Good news! If you’re 19 and younger, you can get Nexplanon for FREE at a NCHD health department or the Teen Health Center. If you’re 20 or older, you can talk to your local health department about how to get the Nexplanon at low or no cost to you.

I have Nexplanon and now I’m spotting… is this OK?

Spotting and irregular periods are a common side effect of Nexplanon and it’s nothing to worry about. It takes a few months for your body to get used to the new device. Spotting may continue for up to 3 months. If it continues for longer than 6 months, talk to your healthcare provider about ways to control the bleeding.

Not sure if Nexplanon is right for you? Have more questions? Check out these links:

Birth control spotlight: An I-U-what?


An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T shaped device, less than the size of a quarter, which sits inside your uterus (womb) and prevents pregnancy for 3 to 10 years. IUDs are easily inserted by your doctor, nurse practitioner or midwife, and they can also be easily removed whenever you’re ready to have a baby. They’re 99% at preventing pregnancy, so you know they’re very reliable!

Who Should Get an IUD?

If you are sexually active and looking for birth control that you don’t have to worry about taking every day, week, or month, then the IUD may be for you! IUDs make it easy to prevent unplanned pregnancies, because you don’t have to remember anything. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if an IUD is a good match for you.

What Kinds of IUDs Are There?

There are two main types of IUDs. Hormonal IUDs, including Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena and Liletta, have a small amount of the hormone progestin that is slowly released. This thickens cervical mucus so sperm can’t get through, prevents ovulation and also thins the lining of the uterus. Bonus- the hormonal IUD can help with heavy periods and cramps!

The non-hormonal IUD, Paragard, is covered in thin copper. This copper is toxic to sperm, killing it before it can reach an egg to fertilize.

Can IUDs Get Lost or Stuck?

There is a small risk that an IUD can push itself through the wall of the uterus. This is very rare. More often, people are referring to their strings getting lost. You may not be able to feel the strings, but your provider may be able to see them on exam. Other more common side effects include spotting, cramping and missed periods.

Do I Need Condoms if I Have an IUD?

The copper IUD is immediately effective once placed and the hormonal IUDs are effective if inserted when you have your period. Otherwise, they take up to one week to become effective in preventing pregnancy. Using a condom is still important as a backup method against pregnancy and to prevent STDs. If you have multiple partners or get vaginal infections a lot, keep using condoms every time you have sex.

Want more info on IUDs and other birth control options? Check out these links: