Half of Teen Pregnancies Result from Zero Birth Control
February 24, 2012
A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that among white, black and Hispanic females ages 15 to 19 about half of unintended pregnancies that result in a live birth, are to couples that were not using any form of birth control.
While it is certainly shocking that about half of the people in this group used no birth control, the more frightening statistics are that 31.4 percent of the 5,000 teenage girls interviewed thought they could not get pregnant. Eight percent believed their partner was sterile, and nearly 25 percent did not use birth control because their partner did not want to.
These sobering statistics suggest that there are holes in sexuality education. Educators need to stress effective birth control methods, strategies for handling a partner who refuses to use birth control or practice safer sex as well as the basics of anatomy.
Although this report seems to say that teens are having difficulty getting the right information about birth control, it is important to remember that the U.S. teen birth rate recently hit its lowest point in about 70 years. Teens will continue to be better informed if health and sexuality educators keep providing accurate information about birth control. This can only help further reduce the teen birth rate in the U.S., which continues to be one of the highest teen birth rates among developed countries.