10 Reasons I Love Birth Control For Teens – Illustrated By Adorable Puppies

shutterstock_82002979I love birth control. Birth control is the absolute best. I believe any teen who even makes a vague pondering about birth control should be immediately put on it, because if a teen is questioning you about birth control they are basically saying just as an FYI, I’m planning on boning in a Dodge parked behind the 7-11 so you should probably help me take precautions against an unwanted pregnancy. No one wants to think about their kid being sexually active – gross. Some parents would love to live in a happy sparkle fairy land where we raise our kids to get fabulous educations, find wonderful careers that are emotionally and financially fulfilling to them, fall madly in love with someone, get married, and then and only then engage in sexual intercourse. These parents need to come see me in about a year so I can congratulate them and call them grandma. I am choosing to use adorable puppies to illustrate my reasons why, because using stock photos of happy teens is lame. And before anyone asks, yes, I also believe in birth control for adorable animals, so please get your pets spayed or neutered.

Here are ten reasons why I love birth control, in honor of Bedsider Birth Control Support Network‘s Thanks Birth Control campaign today.

 The U.S. Teen Birth Rate Has Dropped 52% Over The Past 21 Years

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(Image: MrGarry/shutterstock)

That’s great news, and I’m sure it can be attributed to teens having access to birth control and using it when they are having sex.

   9 Out Of 10 Single Young Adults 18-29 Are Sexually Active; About Half Of High School-Age Teens Are Sexually Active.

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(Image: Waldemar Dabrowski/shutterstock)

If this many young people are doing the nasty, the best way to help them not have an unplanned pregnancy is making sure they have access to birth control.

Only About 50 Percent Of Teen Mothers Receive A High School Diploma By 22 Years Of Age 

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Do you know what would have prevented girls from getting pregnant and not graduating? Birth control.

By the Time They Are 19, Seven Out Of Ten Teens Have Had Sex 

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(Image: Antonio Gravante/shutterstock)

That’s a whole lot of teenagers having sex. And they need birth control.

LGBTQ Teens Also Need Birth Control

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According to Impact Program, a major reason that lesbian and bisexual youth are less likely to use birth control is that sexual education that is directed toward them rarely emphasizes the need for birth control.Our LGBTQ teens also need access to birth control and birth control education.

Teen Pregnancies Are Highest In Abstinence Only States

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According to Think Progress, 37 states require sex education that includes abstinence, 26 of which require that abstinence be stressed as the best method. Additionally, research shows that abstinence-only strategies could deter contraceptive use among teenagers, thus increasing their risk of unintended pregnancy. All stressing abstinence over proper birth control usage does is result in more teen pregnancies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Said In A Statement Released This Week Sexually Active Teenagers Should Have Access To Free Or Low-Cost Condoms.

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(Image: dezi/shutterstock)

such as in pediatricians’ offices and schools. The statement also said parents need to discuss condom use and prevention of STIs with their adolescent children.

 Between 30 And 44 Percent Of Teen Mothers Were Victims Of Rape Or Attempted Rape

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No parent wants to consider their teen becoming a victim of sexual violence, but the  sad fact is, it does happen. According to American Progress Org, an estimated 60 percent of teen girls’ first pregnancies are preceded by experiences of molestation, rape, or attempted rape.

 Nearly One In Five Sexually Active Boys Report That They’ve Never Heard Anything About Condoms Or Contraceptives.

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From their parents, teachers or doctors. Birth control needs to also be discussed with your sons. Unplanned teen pregnancy doesn’t just affect girls.

All It Takes Is One Time  

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When I made the choice to become a parent, one of my responsibilities was and is to keep my kids safe. No matter how old they are. I’m never going to be one of those arrogant parents who think oh my kid will never have premarital sex. I’m not thrilled with the idea of my kids having sex as teenagers, but I’m not naive enough to believe that no matter how much I tell them they should only have sex when they are emotionally, financially and mature enough to handle an unplanned pregnancy that will happen. Teens have sex. Birth control, when used effectively, protects against an unwanted pregnancy. I’d rather put my daughter on the pill and hand out condoms to my kids when they are teens they have them become a parent before they are ready.

(Statistics: CDC, Planned Parenthood, Bedsider.org)

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    • chickadee

      I am not in favor of Teen Sex for my daughters, but I am completely on board with premarital sex, since I want them to have established themselves firmly in their careers before they marry, which means they could be 27-year-old virgins, and how is THAT fun in any way?

      ETA We have had many and oh so many conversations about this, because they have been educated in abstinence-only states and so the burden has been on me to combat the idiocy. Because their father and stepmother are on the abstinence-only bandwagon as well, by which they mean no premarital anything.

      • JLH1986

        Grew up in one of those states, which never worked, half the girls ended up preggo and either having an abortion or perpetuating the cycle. Girls thought using tampons meant they weren’t virgins. My mom had that talk with me so many times, bought me the books and we talked about it some more. She did the same with my brother. Some of the girls I went to HS with thought that the Natural Family Planning method meant that having sex on their period meant they “couldn’t” get pregnant. Ugh.

      • chickadee

        Well, that sounds familiar. I was raised with the Roman Catholic abstinence lecture, which comes with Bonus Moral Guilt. I was able to overcome it pretty well, though.

        I got this terrible RC booklet about being a teen girl, which was basically a list banning any bodily fun. It also banned lustful thoughts, which COME ON.

      • JLH1986

        And then everyone is shocked when some kids “accidentally” end up pregnant. Ahhh my head wants to pop off my shoulders sometimes with things like this.

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        I had sex education in a Catholic school. Funniest. Thing. Ever. I still remember the cheesy-ass video series we watched…and, there were worksheets!

      • SarahJesness

        Aw, but lustful thoughts are the best kinds of thoughts!

      • SarahJesness

        I recently started using tampons, and while reading the little guide that came in the box, there was this Q&A bit. One of the questions was “Would using tampons mean I’m no longer a virgin?”. And I was like “are you shitting me” and my sister told me that there are people who believe that but I didn’t believe her. Oy…

      • LJ

        You need to try it, before you “buy” it.

      • chickadee

        Test-drive that sucker.

        So to speak….

      • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

        I agree. My biggest hope is that her first time is consensual. I know too many women who find the “when did you lose your virginity” question to be painful and difficult to answer.

      • chickadee

        Me too. My eldest is a sophomore in college, and she may or may not have slept with her boyfriend of 3 years at this point. They hadn’t as of this time last year, * and he’s at school in England this year so the opportunity isn’t there. But I’d be happy for her first time to be with him.

        *I had several oddly frank conversations with each of them separately about sex. They don’t want to push the relationship too far until they are out of college, but I take THAT with a sack of salt because hormones.

      • AugustW

        Regarding birth control, I have been on some form since I was 10, having started my period the year before that. I was on it for medical reasons, obviously. When I turned 14, the insurance arbitrarily decided I *must* be sexually active, and this changed the copay or something on it (I was a kid, I don’t remember).
        Anyway, yeah, I’m all for birth control for teens.

    • C.J.

      I took birth control as a teenage and if my daughters are sexually active I hope they do everything possible to protect themselves too. I hope I raise them with enough knowledge to know what to do even if they don’t want to ask me. I also worry more about STD’s than pregnancy. I wouldn’t be happy if they came home pregnant but that would still be better than a disease that will ruin or end their life. I have already discussed birth control with my 11 year old. She realized someone we know is a teen mom and said she didn’t know teenagers could have sex. Of coarse that led to a whole discussion of why teenagers shouldn’t have sex and how to protect yourself when you have sex at any age. I would much rather my kids have access to birth control than have a baby they are not ready for or have an abortion or get a disease. I plan on telling them they should use a combination of some sort of female birth control and condoms in case one of them fails. Hopefully they listen.

      • Tinyfaeri

        Yay condoms, birth control and regular STD testing until in a monogamous relationship!

    • G.E. Phillips

      This is kind of hilarious for me because a good friend (not a teenager) is due with her first baby any minute now, and last night I dreamed that she had the baby, but the hospital accidentally sent her home with an adorable puppy. Sex leads to puppies!!!

      • AugustW

        I’m a big believer that babies are basically just puppies who learn how to talk.

    • keelhaulrose

      My girls are still kind of young to be having the sex talk, but I fully plan on being open and honest with them, encouraging birth control (especially if their calls are anything like mine, why didn’t they tell me the pill would help the craps), and teaching them it’s okay to say no until they feel completely ready.
      I know this is anecdotal, and thus not evidence, but I have noticed my friends who went through abstinence only education dreaded their first time more and had a more negative first experience than those of us whose parents emphasized a safe and pleasurable experience when we finally decided to have sex.

    • Cee

      Mm. Well I think I needed more of a sexual health education. I kinda figured out quite early that there’s 0% chance of getting pregnant, but I didn’t learn of protection methods for lesbians until I was quite out of my teens.Heck some of my friends still don’t know that lesbians can protect themselves. They kinda think lesbians don’t get stds :/. There is definately a need for sexual health for lgbtq teens.

      • Rachel Sea

        LGBTQ kids actually have higher rates of teen pregnancy, as they try to screw themselves straight.

      • Cee

        *frown* Yea, I know a few that tried to be do this.

    • hooray

      Yaaaaay! THANK YOU! I get clobbered whenever I say that IMO teens should have all sorts of access to safe contraceptive methods.

    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      I like to fantasize that by the time my son is ready for high school a male contraceptive will have been invented, something like an IUD for men: temporary, safe, and long-term. How much ease of mind would I have if we could get him such an item and not have to worry he’ll impregnate a girl in his teens and derail his life.
      I was on the pill shortly before turning 16. Didn’t need it for its intended use for a couple more years, but it was in place when I was ready and thank god for that. The one and only time I haven’t used BC of some kind (On purpose), I got pregnant.

    • momma425

      Yay! Puppies and Birth Control for everyone!!! :)

    • alice

      If I have daughters, I’m going to hard-sell them on the Pill as soon as I suspect they’re sexually active.

      I remember being afraid to go on it when I was in highschool. I was on my parents insurance and didn’t see a way to get the BC pill without them finding out.

      even though they knew i was sexually active, for my mother, the BC Pill was something she couldn’t condone. she was extremely disappointed that I was engaging in premarital sex, and she believed that letting me take the Pill was tantamount to giving me her blessing to fuck every guy in high school. she couldn’t even have a “safe sex” talk with me, because to do so would be too close to acceptance. the most she could stand were the occasional broken-down, exasperated, wishful pleas (prayers?) of: “I JUST HOPE YOU’RE BEING SAFE!”

      (i wasn’t btw, and accidentally got pregnant two years later – - my stupid fault, but probably preventable had i been on the pill)

      • Alex

        I may get downvoted on this, but barring infertility issues, I consider a pregnancy after two years of unprotected teenage sex as much closer to “inevitable” than “accidental”.

        Which only serves to emphasize your (and the article’s) point even further.

      • alice

        totally.

        we used condoms regularly, during the *dangerous* times of the month. yet despite my thorough understanding of the Rhythm Method (which all catholics seems to pick up at some point) I still had that cocky teenage attitude that makes you believe that all rules can stand a little bending, even those pesky biological rules, like ovulation. because, like, duh,,,,it’ll never happen *to us*

        sigh.

      • Tinyfaeri

        The pill’s cool, but condoms (male or female) are even better until everyone involved is monogamous and has been tested regularly for STDs, and are getting regular checkups!

      • alice

        i agree condoms should be pushed too. but i think a lot of young people don’t respond seriously to the threat of sexual transmitted infections simply because: a lot of them are virgins, or nearly so. and a lot of them are in a monogamous relationship (in high school, haha)

        so your teenage lovebird virgin couple becomes sexually active, and within a few months of regular condom use, they’re moving onto that sexy teen favorite: the pull out method.

        :shudders:

      • Tinyfaeri

        I hear you. It’s the “nearly so” that’ll get you – STD testing is still a good thing (and a good habit for later in life!), and birth control or no, it’s good for a sexually active teen girl to start gynecologist visits – AKA the things I wish I had known for myself, or that my mother had known or told me when I was a teen.

        Also, I think your mother and my mother were possibly friends. My mother told me “um, keep your clothes on!” when I started dating, and that was the extent of our sex talk.

      • SarahJesness

        If I had daughters, I’d probably bribe/reward them to go on the pill if I needed to.

    • freemane

      Safe sex for everyone! (And responsible pet ownership-no matter how cute puppies are!)

    • Des Wilson

      I make it a point when my daughter (almost 17, on BC but no activity yet that I know of) and her friends are in the car and we’re driving around, if we pass the Family Planning I point out services, if we’re at the pharmacy I mention Plan B, etc. I may embarrass my daughter but I know some of these girls are NOT getting this info from the grandma they live with, or their single father. Just doing my part. I was a teenage mother and I know statistically speaking my daughters have an increased chance of that happening to them. No way. I let them know that sex is fun, but as with any fun activity there are consequences.

    • Rachel Sea

      I had a very hard time paying attention to your statistics, because PUPPIES.

      If I ever have a teenager living in my house, I will buy an economy sized box of condoms, and demand that they learn how to put them on (boys or girls, gay or straight, everyone should know how), and demand they they always have a strip on them. Even if they aren’t having sex, their friends might be, and plenty of first-time consentual sex is spontaneous.

      I would also blast the myth that P in V=Sex. Oral is sex, anal is sex, hand jobs are sex…anytime someone else is trying to bring you to orgasm or vice versa, you are having sex, and birth control should be involved.

    • RayneofCastamere

      Two more reasons: dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia.

      At least that’s why I take it.

    • SarahJesness

      My “sex education” (I use quotes because it really shouldn’t be considered sex ed, as it doesn’t actually discuss sex) was just the abstinence-only crap. My school had a lot of pregnant/parent teenagers, but also, you can’t help but be astounded by the ignorance and stupidity. At least a few of the pregnant girls didn’t use birth control when they conceived because they believed in sex myths like “you can’t get pregnant on your first time” and “you can’t get pregnant if you have sex standing up”. Shit, you wouldn’t believe how many students (including the girls!) were ignorant about female anatomy. No, you do not pee out of your vagina! No, drinking Mountain Dew is not effective birth control!

      And it’s not like I was in some crazy-poor redneck area either. I went to a school surrounded by wealthy neighborhoods, not a lot of poor students.

    • SarahJesness

      I got all of my sex education from Seventeen magazine. My mom never brought the matter up (other than “don’t have sex, but use a condom if you do”) and my school did the abstinence-only shit.

    • Melissanichole Hermes

      I went to a high school in Wyoming that offered an abstinence only education option. I know 3 girls from that high school that got pregnant. Guess which class they took

    • Nancy

      I think I’ll agree with you. It’s best to prevent than to suddenly know that you’re daughter is pregnant. Talk to her first. :D

      And since we are talking about contraceptives/birth control here. You might also want to know about Mirena IUD(birth control device) which has put many women on the risk of its deadly side effects.

      You can read more at my blog

      http://mirenaiudlawsuitsinfo.com/

    • JS

      More puppies, more birth control for humans!