Teenage pregnancy myth dismissed - page 2

in all, 57% of the teenagers had not used contraception, and 51% of the older women - and this small difference was not statistically significant. roughly the same proportion in both groups had... Read More

  1. by   PeachPie
    Quote from rn/writer
    Debunking this kind of unrealistic thinking should be part of sex education. It isn't only the ins and outs of intercourse (pardon the pun) and the mechanics of contraception that need to be taught. What kids really need to learn is how needy and unfun a little baby is at two in the morning and what life is like when the babydaddy thinks being a good father is dropping off diapers every other week or so. And how she'll feel when he stops by to visit the baby while his new girlfriend is waiting in the car. And what she'll do when she finds out baby number two is on the way while baby number one is still toddling. And so much more. Sex education that doesn't include knowledge about the consequences in terms that really get through is insufficient and will not get the job done.

    Kids also need to be given the vision of what their lives could be like if they don't give in to early sex and pregnancy. They need to be given the hope of a decent education and all the choices that can buy. Where there is no vision, people perish.

    Sex ed is about so much more than sex.
    Amen, amen. I never had any such delusions becuase I am the first of 6 children. I wish everyone could realize that parenting is one of the ultimate responsibilities, and it's multiple full time jobs. I've seen some high school kids carrying about baby simulators. It's a doll with a computer inside that cries at all hours, and records what you do and how long it took for you to do it. I think that we need more of those.

    I learned about the basic mechanisms of sex from my parents and from school sex ed. However, my grandma was the one who taught me the real stuff. When I was 10, she told me that premarital sex wasn't bad (even though it was not done in her day, and told me that it was one of the reasons why she got married so young), and that one of my aunts was living with her fiance. She told me about responsibility, love, lovemaking vs sex, the immaturity of love at my age, and how things like pregnancy can put strains on relationships. She taught me some of my life's most valuable lessons. I admire her. She realizes that times have changed, and that you can either live in denial or face it.

    There are too many breeders in this world, and not enough parents.
  2. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from hm2viking
    in all, 57% of the teenagers had not used contraception, and 51% of the older women - and this small difference was not statistically significant.
    roughly the same proportion in both groups had used condoms, or were taking the pill. dr marco gaudoin, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from southern general hospital and an author of the paper said: "the findings demonstrate that not only do we have a long way to go in persuading teenagers to use reliable contraception but contraceptive education should also be continued in all women, regardless of their age."

    'debunks the myth
    professor phil steer, the editor-in-chief of the journal, said: "teenagers have been unfairly criticised for irresponsible behaviour when it comes to sex and contraception."
    toni belfield, from the sexual health charity fpa, said she "wasn't surprised" to see evidence of similar behaviour in women of different ages.
    "these are all human beings, who can get carried away in the passion of the moment and not use contraception.
    "it debunks the myth that teenagers are less responsible when it comes to contraception." she called for more investment in community contraception services to prevent the number of unwanted pregnancies increasing in all age groups.

    hopefully someone in washington will read this study. i think its time that we start assuming that our adolescents in the us are capable of making responsible decisions with accurate information. maybe its time to get back to the idea of science based decision making.

    i see this study was conducted in england so i wonder what the results would be in america?

    as for teen pregnancy, the news is not all dire. teenage pregnancy rates are down sharply. the sharpest decline was among black teens: the rate of pregnancy fell by almost half. coincidentally(?) the percentage of teens using contraception has increased. hmmmm.....i haven't heard any data which clearly explains these decreases, it's probably a mixed bag but they need to find out and double their efforts!
  3. by   edsdcs
    Quote from morte
    hmmm my point was, that this study was illogical in its conclussions because it had a biased study group.....those that did not want to be pregnant....rather than a cross section of all those who where
    i agree
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    i think that you will find less unplanned pregnancies in a married/long-term couple who will share the results than you will in a relationship which is built on the passion - sometimes it is for the pleasure of the man because the woman esp the older woman feels that if she does not comply he will go find someone who will and she will not have a chance to build a deeper relationship...and with the ration of single men to single women she may be right
    but self-esteem should be a womans first goal..she is setting the example of children she already has..
    make a friend and then a lover
  5. by   matanuska
    T. colin Campbell PHD in his book The China Study talks about teen pregnancy in a slighly different vien that you might like to consider. In vast nutritional research in many different countries it has been found that animal products, meat and fat cause girls to go through puberty earlier. Other cultures who consume mainly plant based diets do not have such a problem with teen pregnancy because the average age of puberty is much higher, giving the "children" time to grow up and get their heads on straight before a major onslaught of hormones. Check out chapter 8 on the subject of breast cancer. Matanuska