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Teen Pregnancy: Is Your Teen Clueless About the Facts?

By January 25, 2013

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A study by the CDC about what teens who had babies did when trying to prevent the pregnancy they had. The study was essential, in my opinion, as the United States remains the country with the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world. The report describes estimated rates of self-reported prepregnancy contraceptive use among white, black and Hispanic teen females aged 15-19 years with unintended pregnancies resulting in live births. It found:
  • Approximately one half (50.1%) of these teens were not using any method of birth control when they got pregnant, and of these, nearly one third (31.4%) believed they could not get pregnant at the time;
  • 21.0% used a highly effective contraceptive method (although less than 1% used one of the most effective methods, such as an intrauterine device [IUD]); but they may have not used it consistently or correctly.
  • 24.2% used the moderately effective method of condoms; and 5.1% used the least effective methods, such as rhythm and withdrawal.

Asking our parenting teens community: Is your teen sexually active and have you talked to them about birth control? Does your teen know that they can get pregnant even using the most effective birth control methods? Please share your thoughts, experiences and opinions on the study in our comments area.

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January 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(1) Vicky says:

The effectiveness rate of a condom with a spermicide on it is 95%. I would hardly call that modestly effective. And where are birth control patches and pills in this study?

If parents would allow schools to teach sex education rather than abstinence, and discuss birth control with their children as well as help them acquire it, both boys and girls would know what birth control to use and how to use it.

I’m not saying there wouldn’t be teen pregnancy but it would go down. Since the whole abstinence movement teen pregnancy has gone up a lot – what does that tell you?

This study sounds like an excuse for why teens shouldn’t have sex – which as a mother of a young girl I find very appealing but quite unrealistic.

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