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Do Tell: How Far Should Teens Go to Prevent Unwanted Pregnancy?

A new initiative is being pushed in the UK to encourage teenage girls to use longer-lasting methods of contraception such as implants, injections, and coils, according to a recent article in the Daily Mail. Since so many people use condoms incorrectly and/or forget to take their pill, the Department of Health believes teenagers are safer using an alternative method to prevent pregnancy, but will that deter them from using condoms all together? Will this increase their chances of contracting STIs? Of course being safe and protected against disease as well as pregnancy is key, so do tell: Do you think this initiative is a good idea or do you think it runs the risk of backfiring?

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Lilavati Lilavati 8 years
northern_lass wrote: >I think a combination of sex-ed (condom tutorials, birth control >options explained, STD info, etc.) and available assistance (like >teen clinics and availability to plan B, etc) would be more >effective. The problem with Britain is thay they have plenty of this (even teen clinics that don't inform the parents) and it's not working. They have a crazy amount ot teenage pregnancies and abortions. Now and again, we hear about some desperate attempt to fix it (there was the idea of promoting oral sex some time ago...) and nothing works. To me, the problem is in the giant pressure for teens to have sex. From the media and from school mates. If you don't do it, you're uncool, immature. If you don't have a boyfriend, it's because you're worthless and nobody wants you. Isn't it sad when teens can only list "tv, music, celebs, sport" as their interests? There's so much more to life! I think a better solution would be for the teens to focus on other things, have a wider view of the world. It would be awesome if the positive examples were people with some interests, with a passion, willing to accomplish something. With a personality and a point of view. Not hot/skinny/sexy. And I know teens hate all the "you're too youg" talk, but when you can't commit to taking a pill everyday, or hope you'll get away with it "only this once", or can't evaluate the risk of a STD, you are too young.
honeybun honeybun 8 years
How about abstinence? Seems like the best solution to me.
Asia84 Asia84 8 years
i will tell my daughter that if she has sex, not only will she got to HELL, but i'll then show her a video of a woman giving birth both vaginal and c-section. and then i'll top it off with a few pics of genital herpes. hey, it sounds silly, but the whole idea of having some baby to hold and change diapers is the reason why i didn't have sex at all. but seriously, STDs scare me more than anything. some stuff, Ajax don't get rid of, so i never was a ho-cat. but i damn sure (even now) not gonna pop some kid for some guy who isn't my husband.
northern_lass northern_lass 8 years
I work at a teen clinic and see a lot of sexually active young girls. Some are very responsible about it, but most are not. And, young girls on the pill are often forgetful. However, pushing longer term birth control options should not be the answer. The longer a birth control methods last, generally speaking, the more side effects it has. Nausea, migraine-like headaches, weight gain, muscle cramping, stopped periods, random or heavy bleeding, infertility, pelvic infections (which can lead to infertility), mood swings, acne , depression... the list goes on. And the problem with a lot of these methods (especially injections) is that if you have any of these symptoms, you have to live with them for the duration of method or (for non-injections) have them surgically removed. For some teens, the benefit out-weigh the risks, but for many they do not. Its all about choice. I think a combination of sex-ed (condom tutorials, birth control options explained, STD info, etc.) and available assistance (like teen clinics and availability to plan B, etc) would be more effective. And, in case you care, I like to suggest either the patch or vaginal ring to the teens I see. They are are easy to use, don't take a lot thought (stick it on/in and forget about it), and tend to have fewer side effects. The vaginal ring is also lower in hormones because it sits right on your cervix.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
As long as none of the options present their own health risks, and the girls are making their own choices, that's great.
aeschere aeschere 8 years
completely agree with mandy :) i love having options, being educated and not, um, forced.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I do believe that in some cases women will decide they don't need a condom because they already have some protection. But I think the potential benefits outweight any potential negatives. Agree with mandy that as long the methods aren't forced and the teens are educated as to what's happening, it sounds fine to me.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 8 years
haha; I didn't even consider cost, honestly, until I saw your comment ashcwebb. In the US, this is part of why I'm voting Hillary. But ANYWAY, as long as these methods are not forced upon teens and they are given ALL information, I think it is fine. I don't think teenagers are idiots like a lot of adults seem to think. I think that if presented with all the information, they are capable of making important decisions about their bodies and lives.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Yes, and in the UK your healthplan should cover the cost of EVERY type of birth control. I am pretty sure mine in Canada only covers my pills...
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