Poor Teens Lack Access to Emergency Contraception: Study

Jan 25, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KSFO AM 560

Low-income communities have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the U.S., yet emergency contraception may be hardest for girls in those areas to get their hands on, according to a new study.

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What part of the word ONLY do you not comprehend? When a person is Abstinence ONLY it means precisely *that*.
When someone writes:
"Yes, and let's also remind teens, both guys and girls, that condoms can BREAK, which can also result in unwanted pregnancy. To me, using condoms as the only form of protection is a gamble which could be disastrous.
Obviously, some protection is better than none. But teens need to be aware that condoms are NOT 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy either."
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**** "...using CONDOMS as the only form of protection is a gamble..." **** and ****"...Obviously, SOME PROTECTION is better than none...****
ONLY means ONLY. She is clearly discussing condoms here, and, in fact, is actually stating that some protection is better than none.
One who advocates for ABSTINENCE ONLY will *not* advocate for protection. The school programs that are AO do NOT discuss protection.
You are mistaken.
Thanks, Lulu, for your efforts to explain to "Zoey" the difference between being "abstinence-only," which I am NOT, and supporting the use of all methods of birth control but reminding teens that NO method is 100% guaranteed, which I AM.:)
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What Every Teen Girl Should Know BEFORE Having Sex: Motherhood is HARD WORK!

If girls think middle or high school is hard, they need to know, BEFORE having sexual activity, that becoming a mother, IF they get pregnant and decide to keep and raise the baby, will be at least ten times harder. Many mothers and other women relatives don't tell young girls and women their family how HARD motherhood truly is, for reasons known only to them. I strongly disagree with the practice of keeping girls and young women ignorant of this. In my view, they NEED to know what being a mother will require of them, so they can make an informed decision about becoming a mother, even if it means some will decide not to be mothers at all.
Here are two of the hardships mothers of ALL ages will face once a baby arrives:

LOSS OF FREEDOM - Having a baby really DOES change everything, including the freedom that girls/women used to have in abundance. Once the baby arrives, that freedom will be gone, for at least the next five or six years, possibly longer. Teen girls who become moms can forget about going out with friends, whether to the movies, to hang out at their favorite restaurant or coffee shop, or anywhere else for that matter. If they do go out, they'll have to take the baby with them if their parents refuse to babysit. If the baby is sick or very cranky for any number of reasons, girls will end up staying home instead of going out. Girls who are still in middle or high school will find it much harder to do their homework assignments or study for exams when they have to care for a baby as well. It will be a very long time before girls get any of their former freedom back.

LOSS OF SLEEP - One of the first things girls/women have to know about motherhood is that newborn babies do NOT sleep eight hours at night. All mothers, myself included, can honestly say that babies can -- and do -- wake up during the night as many as two or three times. Each time the baby wakes up, mom has to get up with the baby, feed the baby, change the baby's diaper (which could be a messy and smelly one), then get the baby back to sleep. When my son was a newborn baby, there were quite a few nights where I got NO sleep whatsoever. Luckily for me, I had completed high school and all of my post-high school education long before becoming a mother, so I didn't have to get at 5:00am to go to school after having almost no sleep. Teen moms will not be so lucky.

These are some of the REALITIES of what motherhood involves, as hard as they are. Girls and women need to know them all BEFORE they decide to become mothers. Teen girls need to know all these facts before they engage in any partnered sexual activity, since it IS possible that girls can get pregnant the first time. And NO method of birth control is 100% guaranteed against unwanted pregnancy.
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More HARDSHIPS of Teen Motherhood:

LOSS OF MONEY - Whatever money a girl used to spend on herself will have to be spent on the baby, and that cost is far more than most girls can anticipate. Estimates on how much it costs to raise a child in the 21st century range anywhere from $200,000 to over $500,000, and those figures may be too low. These costs include food, clothing, diapers, baby equipment (car seat, crib, stroller, baby carriers, baby and child toys, etc.) and so much more. Anyone who wants to do the math can begin their research by going to their local grocery store and checking out the baby food and diaper sections. Just make sure you have a notebook and calculator, because you need to multiply those costs for each item two or three times per week. Those costs are just for food and diapers. You haven't even started on the costs for clothing, baby equipment, and toys. That will add a staggering amount to your calculations, and the sum will probably be much higher than you could have imagined. If you plan to put the baby in day care for any amount of time during the week, you will have to add up those costs too. Get the picture now? Having a baby costs a HUGE amount of money, which many girls and young women simply do not have, unless they have wealthy parents.

LOSS OF EDUCATION AND JOB/CAREER OPPORTUNITIES – As hard as it is to acknowledge, a working mother of any age cannot have the same kind of freedom, flexibility or mobility as a woman without children has. If a girl cannot complete high school due to the demands of motherhood, she will not be able to go to college or vocational school, as both typically require a high school diploma first. That automatically limits her ability to find good employment, and she may well have to settle for a minimum wage job, which pays far less than what is needed to raise a child comfortably. Girls who complete high school may find that many jobs require a college degree or vocational school certificate, and without those, she may still not be able to get a job that pays a decent salary. A high school diploma alone is no guarantee of good employment, but all girls need one if they hope to advance to higher levels of education that their chosen job or career requires.

COLIC - For girls who are unaware, colic is a long period of crying, screaming and shrieking that can last for many hours a day, and even all night. It can begin when the baby is as young as three weeks old, and it can go on until the baby is five months old. My son had colic for almost two months as an infant. For me, it seemed more like two years. During that time, the crying usually began in the early evening and would last until past midnight. I would walk around the small apartment, carrying him in my arms, for hours trying to comfort him, but nothing I did really worked. He wouldn’t eat, and he most certainly didn’t sleep, and I was a wreck as a result. Being deprived of sleep, with a colicky baby on top of that, can really feel like torture for a mom after a while. I was no exception.

It's better for girls and young women to know about these hardships of motherhood BEFORE they get pregnant than afterward.

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_Zoey_ wrote:
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Free condoms are readily available in many locations. Free clinics, Planned Parenthood, schools, etc.
In a perfect world, abstinence is ideal. However, we know few are following the suggestion. Arm them with all the information possible to keep them safe from disease and pregnancy, give them a package of condoms and hope for the best.
Thanks, Maria and Zoey, you could save the situation if everybody listened to you. The pack of condoms is first priority, and second is sex education, so they know what is happening. Your problem is that there are several million people in the US who saY: "Sex education encourages young people to have sex..." Truth is,they will anyway, and it is better to have safe sex.--Roger G.Boschman, Therapist
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roger boschman wrote:
Thanks, Maria and Zoey, you could save the situation if everybody listened to you. The pack of condoms is first priority, and second is sex education, so they know what is happening. Your problem is that there are several million people in the US who saY: "Sex education encourages young people to have sex..." Truth is,they will anyway, and it is better to have safe sex.--Roger G.Boschman, Therapist
I never said that "Sex education encourages young people to have sex..." at any time, sir, which you would know if you carefully read all of my previous posts.

I totally agree that ANY teen who decides to have sex must use condoms and/or some other form of protection against pregnancy and STD's EVERY time he or she has sex. However, all teens also need to be reminded -- frequently -- that NO METHOD of contraception, be it a condom or anything else, is a 100% GUARANTEE that pregnancy won't happen. Condoms can still break and female BC methods, including can fail occasionally, so pregnancy can still happen.

Avoiding sexual activity with opposite-sex partners is the ONLY way to guarantee that a pregnancy won't happen. No sex, no pregnancy, no baby, NO TRAP.
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"Condoms can still break and female BC methods, including can fail occasionally, so pregnancy can still happen. "

Sorry, the above should have read: "...and female BC methods, including the pill, can fail occasionally, so pregnancy can still happen."

My apologies for the earlier omission.
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EC should be available to low income families in rape cases. It is better than abortion or teen pregnancy.
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Leah wrote:
EC should be available to low income families in rape cases. It is better than abortion or teen pregnancy.
I think emergency contraception needs to be made available to low-income families in ALL cases, in addition to cases of rape. Preventing unwanted pregnancy is better even when the sex was consensual.
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Ocean56 wrote:
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I think emergency contraception needs to be made available to low-income families in ALL cases, in addition to cases of rape. Preventing unwanted pregnancy is better even when the sex was consensual.
I will have to agree with you there.
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I will have to agree with you there.
lol I'd be surprised if you didn't. I've also said teens are better off being sex-FREE (meaning free FROM sex) if they want a 100% guarantee that pregnancy will never happen.

Some parents are very controlling, and wouldn't allow their teen daughters to even get access to EC (or any other contraceptive method) due to conservative beliefs. Teen girls would be better off saying a very loud NO to any guy who pressures them to have sex. Any guy who pressures a girl to have sex ISN'T worth keeping as a boyfriend.
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It looks as if YOU are the one who isn't paying attention. She never said that Abstinence ONLY education was the way to go. She completely advocates contraceptive education and use, but stresses that abstinence is really the best way to avoid an unpleasant outcome.
Almost anyone would tell you that abstinence the best way to prevent pregnancy and STDs; and yes, that includes Planned Parenthood and secular public education.
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lol I'd be surprised if you didn't. I've also said teens are better off being sex-FREE (meaning free FROM sex) if they want a 100% guarantee that pregnancy will never happen.
Some parents are very controlling, and wouldn't allow their teen daughters to even get access to EC (or any other contraceptive method) due to conservative beliefs. Teen girls would be better off saying a very loud NO to any guy who pressures them to have sex. Any guy who pressures a girl to have sex ISN'T worth keeping as a boyfriend.
I don't think anyone should have sex with anyone unless they completely trust that person in all aspects. Also, they have to know that person for a long time.

If teen girls parents won't allow EC, what about obtaining it at the school nurse for emergancies. That should be available.
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I don't think anyone should have sex with anyone unless they completely trust that person in all aspects. Also, they have to know that person for a long time.
"A long time" could mean very different things to teen girls. For some, "a long time" could be anywhere from two to six months. So that kind of criteria isn't very reliable. Additionally, having sex with a guy she "trusts" is still no guarantee she won't get pregnant.

Teen sex is still a BAD IDEA for many reasons, chiefly because a teen girl could end up pregnant or worse, with a sexually transmitted disease as a result. Even with protection, pregnancy is still a possibility, because NO birth control method is a 100% guarantee against it.

When I was a teenager, I knew exactly what sex could lead to; PREGNANCY. I preferred studying and enjoying fun school activities over the idea of being stuck with a screaming baby and possibly having to drop OUT of school because I couldn't keep up. The LAST thing I wanted was to end up pregnant, so I dumped two guys who tried pressuring me for sex when I was still in high school. Any girl who wants to be FREE from worries about pregnancy or STD's would be wise to avoid all forms of sexual activity while they're middle and high school students.
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"A long time" could mean very different things to teen girls. For some, "a long time" could be anywhere from two to six months. So that kind of criteria isn't very reliable. Additionally, having sex with a guy she "trusts" is still no guarantee she won't get pregnant.
Teen sex is still a BAD IDEA for many reasons, chiefly because a teen girl could end up pregnant or worse, with a sexually transmitted disease as a result. Even with protection, pregnancy is still a possibility, because NO birth control method is a 100% guarantee against it.
When I was a teenager, I knew exactly what sex could lead to; PREGNANCY. I preferred studying and enjoying fun school activities over the idea of being stuck with a screaming baby and possibly having to drop OUT of school because I couldn't keep up. The LAST thing I wanted was to end up pregnant, so I dumped two guys who tried pressuring me for sex when I was still in high school. Any girl who wants to be FREE from worries about pregnancy or STD's would be wise to avoid all forms of sexual activity while they're middle and high school students.
When I was a teenager, I stayed away from sex too. I worked, studied, stayed over at friends' houses, went bowling, shopping, movies, etc.

We had a good sex education program explaining everything, from how "risks" can outweigh the benefits.

Actually, the teacher had 5 lunch bags in front of the room and those who wanted to volunteer to "have sex" had to reach into the lunch bag.

Inside 3 out of 5 bags were candy bars indicating benefits. In two of the bags were set spring mouse traps. To wear a condom, you had to pull your sleeve over your hand to reach in. Few of the students who participated ended up with mouse traps on their sleeves indicating the risky reality.

This was a unique program that worked, and our school had a low incident of teen pregnancies. We also were showed detailed videos on how pregnancy and sex could hamper teens and single adults alike.

Unfortunately, some other school systems just use vague uncomprehensive terms with sex ed, and that can lead to trouble.

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