How to drastically reduce unplanned teen pregnancies

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  1. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/08/20/the-simple-policy-that-led-americas-biggest-drop-in-teen-pregnancies/
     
  2. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    Talking the the teens helps a lot as well. Nothing wrong with encouraging them to wait.
     
  3. noisycats macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely correct, nothing wrong with encouraging them. Just ineffective.
     
  4. APlotdevice macrumors 68040

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    Aye. Hormones are a power thing, especially when they first hit you. And then there is the tendency among teenagers to rebel.
     
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    If we put together both of your ideas, you might be up to something...
     
  6. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    No doubt. But are you suggesting all people should rely exclusively on that strategy?
     
  7. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    Nothing wrong with encouraging them to use protection, either.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Teach real sex ed in schools and ban this abstinence only nonsense.
     
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    Aye, it'd also help those pesky rape pregnancies that the body hasn't automatically aborted.
     
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    And what about conservatives who hate family planning? What do we do about them? :-/

    As long as it is not the only help offered. I wonder what the percentage of teens who choose abstinence? Something every small.
     
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    As an older Gen X kid growing up in the initial Aids scare condoms were a must! We actually rated girls one wrap, two wraps or three wraps. I know we were immature college kids but it was funny.

    Plus getting the old STD film with horrid pictures (in high school health class) of gross STDs also helped. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Menel macrumors 603

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    Rigid conservatives and their white haired constituency are getting older and will die out eventually, replaced my younger more moderate. Smooth gradual changes are better anyway for cultural issues.

    Schools need to push contraceptive education. But they need to continue to push the reasons why abstinence best, but at least contraceptives. From STD to parasitic effect of children on their developing life, fun, college, career.

    There were two older girls close to my family who had kids around 17. I saw what they went through, knocked out of going away to real college. Seeing that train wreck was enough to make me keep my pants up.

    Only ~3% of teen girls are having babies.
    Some x% are having abortions/miscarriage, likely similarly small.
    But the incredible vast majority have been lucky, using safe sex, or abstaining.

    And I don't put much faith in the luck, or teen responsibility for safety. Which leaves abstinence.

    People like to say, oh all teens are having sex. But that just makes for easy peer pressure and/or justification.
     
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    of course not, told my daughter she can have sex 5 years AFTER she gets married :D
     
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    going to take a wild guess here & say that you guys don't have daughters :D
     
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    When I was a teenager, pretty much every girl I spoke with chose abstinence, at least until the next guy came along. :(
     
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    history has shown abstinence has not worked well. read a article that about 30% of births through history were only 8 month premies. People have sex there is no much way around it. if you guilt them into not having sex how will that effect their future sex lives? all these purity pledges and signing a daughters virginity over to their fathers has to screw with people.
     
  17. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    if you simply accept it & encourage it, how will it affect their sex lives later? some here have no problem with the back door, should that be encouraged as well?
     
  18. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    Tell them the truth leave religion out of it. Telling them it it is fine to wait but don't tell them crap or cause them to fear to keep then from having sex. But guilting then into it does no good.
     
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    I agree that there needs to be more contraceptive education, however I disagree about abstinence being the best solution. Telling someone to stop doing something is not going to make them not do it if they really want to. We have all been teenagers, when the hormones are raging did you really ever stop to think "My dad told me not to do this" when you were about to get some?

    Wouldn't abstinence fall under teen responsibility for safety? I mean, you are telling them to abstain then relying on good faith that they will keep it in their pants.

    Or are we talking about methods such as chastity devices? :p
     
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    I don't use religion at all when I talk to my kids, BOTH of them are agnostic , religion is not something I pushed on them at all.
     
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    I'd rather my daughter (well, when she's old enough) take it in the pooper all day long than get pregnant. :)
     
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    problem is you are only looking at pregnancies :rolleyes: you can still get AIDS & other diseases there
     
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    Abstinence has a 100% effective rate of contraception and prevention of STD's. What's better than that? :confused:
     
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    When you have substance abuse (drugs and alcohol use), abstinence does not work.
     

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