A percentage of Teens having sex would NOT be upset to find out they are pregnant
All you have to do is turn on the television, watch the news or read a paper. Kids today are having sex.
The 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth conducted by the CDC resulted in a full 40% for teens between the ages of 15 to 19 years of age have had sex at least once. And here is one shocking statistic, 14% of the girls and 18% of the boys say they would be a “little pleased” or “very pleased” if they found out a baby was on the way.
Survey from 2002 to 2008 show little change in contraception practices for teens having sex
In the most recent survey the condom was the most commonly used method of contraception, which was the same in 2002, which is the most economical method and parents do not have to be involved to acquire it. However, since 2002, statistics show that along with the condom, kids are now using hormonal contraceptive methods such as birth control pills.
CDC pleased that teens are using more methods of contraception
Surveyors are pleased that the teens are using more methods of contraception because it indicates that the realities of sex education is being better received and understood, however, the fact that a percentage of these teens would be happy to be pregnant or to have impregnated someone tells us we have a ways to go with sex education. The surveyors state that obviously these kids have some misconceptions about pregnancy and parenting if they aren’t even worried about it happening.
We need to see an increase in straight forward sex talk with our teens
We need to address all the risks of sex including sexually transmitted diseases. We also need to help our teens understand the realities of parenting. It is not about cute and love and little baby outfits. It is also about dirty diapers, expenses, sleepless nights and emotional exhaustion. As well as that baby growing up to become a teen facing these same discussions.
Some Michigan Resources:
Click “Subscribe” above to receive e-mail alerts each time the Detroit Infectious Disease Examiner publishes an article.
If you enjoy reading this column, tell a friend, neighbor, co-worker, and/or family member.