When you hear the phrase “teenage sex” used, you would probably assume the worst. The things that come to mind are young pregnancies and STDs. But, in some people’s perfect world, teens would just choose abstinence and none of this would happen. In another point of view, they would learn about safe sex no matter what, and this would be a rare problem. So should sexual abstinence be the main focus of sex education classes? If teens choose abstinence anyway, there’s still absolutely no reason for them to not know methods of birth control and STD prevention, right? Some may say no, but the safety hazards, things that teens know even if they choose abstinence, and proven facts for both sides will change their views on the issue. First up, safety hazards.
The need for birth control has grown due to increased sexual activity in teens. Each year 850,000 adolescent girls become pregnant. 41.3% of pregnancy are teens 15-19 years old and 20% of abortions are teens. With the growing use of birth control in teens in the last decade teen pregnancy rates are steadily going down.
Birth Control as a Sociological Phenomenon in the United States The approval of an effective birth control pill drastically reshaped the social landscape of the United States throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. Though the Pill was not the only form of birth control used in the U.S. during this period, it was perhaps the most significant as a source of change to the American social system, many of which were not related to reproductive decision making (Potts, 1988). By utilizing sociological concepts such as functionalism and the examination of social norms and symbols, it is clear that birth control as a whole affected not only childbearing decisions made by women and married couples, but also the role of women in society
Stanger-Hall and Hall’s data collected from all U.S. states with sex education laws or policies (N=48) show that abstinence education is positively correlated to teen pregnancy and STI/STD rates (2011). Among these 48 states, 21 states choose abstinence-only education, 7 states put emphasis on abstinence, 11 states cover the idea of abstinence in subject to comprehensive sex education, while the remaining 9 states did not mention abstinence in their education policies (Stanger-Hall & Hall, 2011). Within these four groups, the
Teenage pregnancy is a social problem with biological and physical consequences. Sexual education is now part of the learning area ‘Life Skills” in schools, but teenagers still fall pregnant because they are not open and lack transparency when discussing sexual matters. Teenage pregnancy has always been a medical problem no matter how many young girls are educated about sexual intercourse, condoms, contraceptives and HIV/AIDS. 1.2 Problem Statement
Using their views on the accessibility of birth control, Planned Parenthood has been educating teens in schools about being sexually active and the different Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) that students could put themselves at risk for (Who We Are, 2014). Teaching kids about sex in school as a mandatory course has some mixed reviews. Some parents think that is not ethical to bring intercourse to the thoughts of their children when they should be learning more from their core curriculums. On the other hand, teenagers are known to have sex regardless if it is to their parents knowledge or not and the parents find it okay to enlighten the child about this type of
They may think that they are safe when having sex for the first time not using contraception, but they are not. For example, condoms are effective 98% of the time. If students are led to believe that they are less effective, they won’t use protection during the first time they engage in sexual activity, leading to a higher risk of contracting an STD or becoming pregnant.
The age group that is most likely to become pregnant from not using any type of contraceptive method are those ages fifteen to eighteen. About eighteen percent of sexually active teens in this age group are not using any type of birth control (“Contraceptive Use in the United States.”). The biggest contributors to this are their lack of knowledge and the difficulty that comes with obtaining many forms of birth
Teen Pregnancy can be reduced by having schools provide contraceptives to students. Schools can hand out contraceptives similar to condoms to enforce safe sex. The schools can also invoke mandatory appointments for students to meet with their counselor every semester to examine how that student feels. During this appointment
What is exactly birth control? Birth-control is the act of preventing pregnancy. Matters including medications procedures devices and behaviors. Another word for birth control is contraception. There are some frequent debates should teenage girls be allowed to get birth control without permission from the parents? In my opinion, birth control or contraceptives have a lot of serious side effects like mood changes, headaches, nausea, weight gaining etc. Teenage girls should not be allowed to get birth control without permission from their parents.
Restatement of the thesis statement: Providing sex education in schools is essential and will be significant in reducing teen reproductive indicators such as pregnancy, abortion, and HIV rates because the knowledge that is imparted shall enhance awareness and responsibility among the adolescents 3. Closing remark: It is vital to implement sex education programs that will encourage responsible sexual behavior and enhance reproductive health among
However, the perception of being too young and too innocent does not prevent students in grade 9 and grade 10 from having sex. This can lead to teenage pregnancies and or STIs. A situation like this would send the chills down a parent. Simply allowing students to get the education they need can help prevent such an unfortunate future. Furthermore, culture and religion plays a major part in why parents do not support the new sex Ed curriculum.
Teenage pregnancy is becoming a societal problem that branches out to other problems that it is caused for the growth of poverty rate in different baranggays. One of the reasons why teenagers are already aware with this topic is because of media. They get a higher knowledge to sex from the magazines, TV shows, internet, movies and other