Sex and Pregnancy

Sex and Pregnancy

    … I stayed in bed all morning because I was so dizzy and tired. I felt like throwing up. Can you really get pregnant the first time?
    Karen, Age 17

    Tip For Parents

    Parents, are you clear in your own attitudes about sex, love and relationships?

    What do you really think about school-aged teenagers being sexually active – and perhaps even becoming parents?
    Who is responsible for setting sexual limits in a relationship and how is that done, realistically?
    Were you sexually active as a teenager and how do you feel about that now? Were you sexually active before you were married? What do such reflections lead you to say to your own children about these issues?
    What do you think about encouraging teenagers to abstain from sex?
    What do you think about teenagers using contraception?
    Read the ten tips for parents at this website.

    Every day in the U.S., 1,100 teen girls bears a child. CDC

  • 1,100 teen girls bear a child every day in the U.S. CDC
  • 3 out of every 10 girls get pregnant before age 20 in the U.S. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
  • 80 percent of fathers do not stay in the relationship with the teen mom.
  • “When it comes to men who are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.” — Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

    To learn more about teen sex and pregnancy, check out these sites:
    www.stayteen.org
    www.thenationalcampaign.org

    Be sure to pause and choose healthy communication instead of reacting to your kids with judgment and criticism. Keeping lines of communication open is more important than imposing judgment you feel compelled to impose upon them.

    Why should everyone care about preventing teen pregnancy? To find out, listen to my radio interview with Andrea Kane, Sr. Policy Director with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.