A new survey has found almost a third of sexually active girls aged 15-19 have gotten pregnant.
That number really shocked me, although my shock is surely exacerbated by my upper-middle class upbringing. Sure, I have friends who've gotten pregnant, but not many.
I recently heard the story of a girl and her boyfriend who had been having unprotected sex for over two years and she just now got pregnant. She's 20. The idiocy it takes to continue to take the risk of pregnancy for over 104 weeks is unthinkable. But apparently not unheard of!
Although straight stupidity is sometimes to blame for unintended pregnancy, among teenage girls it is not the chief culprit. Rather inadequate sex education, which often creates the impression that all birth control is faulty. This kind of information not only prevents teens from learning the correct ways to prevent pregnancy, but it might also make them think that nothing is truly reliable and therefore worth taking the time to purchase.
But only 11% of boys in the same age group report being involved in a pregnancy -- which alludes to the fact that most of these girls aren't telling their partners. If more guys knew they'd gotten someone pregnant, or that their friend had, they'd be more likely to use birth control.