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.
Feb 1, '07
I don't think the study means that teens ARE responsible just because their stats are close to adult women . . . .it just means women in general are still being irresponsible with contraception. 57% and 51% is high amount of irresponsibility.
Teens are inundated with information about sex and contraception today. They have plenty of information - they just don't use it.
I wonder how much of this is related to the MEN who don't like to use condoms . . . . .looking back on my younger years I'd say most men hate condoms.
What I've noticed, to my dismay, with my 17 year old daughter and all her friends is that they do not value themselves very highly. They put up with demeaning behavior from boys. They do not stand up for themselves. They give in to keep their boyfriends instead of listening to the little voice in their heads that says, maybe I should wait or maybe this is too soon or maybe I don't really want to do this or maybe I should think twice about sharing my body with someone who doesn't care enough to use a condom. (Just a glimpse at MTV's misogynistic music is enough to make a mom cry).
I grew up in the 70's so I'm a part of the feminist ideology that taught me to not put up with being treated badly. I'm sad that this message seems to have been missed by our daughters . . .. . even though I've talked and talked to my daughter, she has had one boyfriend who treated her rather badly, became very possessive and controlling. I was so surprised by her behavior. And said boyfriend quickly was told that his behavior was wrong by my dh.
In talking with some of the girls, our local school nurse was appalled at the girls who asked about anal sex . . . their boyfriends were pressuring them to have anal sex in order to avoid using condoms and to still protect themselves from pregnancy . . .this is not a good form of birth control and the fact that these 14, 15, 16 year old "girls" were being pressured is the key, I think. Also, the "hooking up" ideology - let's just get together for oral sex or intercourse and there are no "commitments" needed.
THIS IS THE PROBLEM.
I think the key here is to teach women to respect themselves again - they already know all about contraception. And STD's.
AND we need to do a better job of teaching our boys how to treat women.
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Feb 1, '07
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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
Biased as in the following:
"Doctors at a Glasgow hospital analysed the birth control attempted by nearly 1,000 women requesting abortions"
And of that group of women requesting abortions:
"They found the proportion of older women who had used no contraception at all was roughly similar to the percentage of teenagers."
Yes, I agree with you morte.
But what I find really really funny is that the findings from this small elect group that points out that women/teens in this group who are pregnant and wanting an abortion due to mostly lack of use of contraception then somehow means to the people conducting the study that:
"It debunks the myth that teenagers are less responsible when it comes to contraception."
WHEN WE OUGHT TO BE FOCUSED ON THE FACT THAT 51 % AND 57% OF 100% IS VERY VERY HIGH . . . . AND WHO CARES ABOUT WHETHER GROWN WOMEN OR TEENS ARE LESS OR MORE IRRESPONSIBLE?
This highly select group of females are ALL irresponsible.
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Feb 1, '07
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