I’ve said it before and I’m certain I’ll say it again, a number of times but here it comes again. Abstinence only sex education DOES NOT work. Comprehensive sex education includes covering the right to say no until you are married if that is what you feel is right for you. It also covers how to prevent unwanted pregnancy and avoid STD’s. Without this information teens having sex are misinformed about how their bodies and contraception works. Want proof?
The CDC just released a study about contraception use among pregnant teens. The study shows that just over half of teens were not using any type of contraception, at all. Of those teens approximately a third of them weren’t using contraception because they didn’t think they could get pregnant at the time they had sex. The study also found that 8% thought they themselves or their partners were sterile.
The CDC study doesn’t look directly at why the teens thought they couldn’t get pregnant however other studies have. According to a TIME article previous studies have shown a serious lack of awareness about reproduction. Teens have reported believing that you can’t get pregnant the first time you have sex. They also reported not understanding at which point in a month you are most fertile.
The other half of the teens in the CDC study had said they were using some form of contraception, the pill, condoms or sometimes even just the pull out method. While it is encouraging to note that some teens are being proactive in protecting against unwanted pregnancy, it is important to realize that these numbers would be significantly lower if the teens had been using their particular type of contraception effectively.
The message this information carries is clear: teens NEED to be taught how their reproductive systems work and how to effectively prevent pregnancy.dir In an ideal world, teens would get this information from their parents. Clearly we do not live in an ideal world and teens NEED to have this information. If left uneducated about sex it will not keep them from having sex it will only keep them from having safe sex which makes comprehensive sex education vitally important.