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Preventing Teen Pregnancy
Abstinence & Contraception
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What seems to be working in the prevention of teen pregnancy is parents and adult mentors sending a strong message to teens that they should remain abstinent but should have access to contraception.

Ninety-five percent of adults in the United States—and 85 percent of teenagers— think it important that school-aged children and teenagers be given a strong message from society that they should abstain from sex until they are out of high school. Almost 60 percent of adults also think that sexually active teenagers should have access to contraception.

Contraceptive use among sexually active teens has increased but remains inconsistent. Three-quarters of teens use some method of contraception (usually a condom) the first time they have sex. A sexually active teen who does not use contraception has a 90 percent chance of pregnancy within one year. A majority of both girls and boys who are sexually active wish they had waited. Eight in ten girls and six in ten boys say they wish they had waited until they were older to have sex.

Statistics from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

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