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In your opinion, how many sex partners should one have before marriage or committing to a long-term

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Unintended pregnancy

Posted by: webmaster on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 09:29 _PRINTPrinter friendly page  _EMAILFRIENDSend this story to a friend
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Pregnancy is such a serious question in adulthood, let alone when you’re a teenager. During adolescence, life focuses o­n such humble problems as college, sports, family or mingling. Pregnancy in the adolescent sexuality period of life is rather complex to happen... accidentally.

Adolescents usually lack of the means necessary, as in psychological and emotional back up or social conditions to administrate parenthood. Pregnancy in this period affects the development of the adolescent sexuality. Although sexually active, a teenager hasn’t fully developed to endure the o­nset of body changes that pregnancy imply.

Pregnancy during adolescence triggers transformations and complications without turning back. Quit school, familiar problems (some cases lead kids to leave home), difficulty in finding an agreeable level of success at work, are some of the consequences of an unintended pregnancy.

Many naive couples end up in bed after alcohol or drugs abuse that reduces inhibition, so easy to forget about protection. Besides, there’s rush and anxiety typical of the adolescent sexuality. Girls are generally too shy to ask a partner to wear protection, fearing some kind of rejection. o­n the other hand, kids rely o­n myths, believing that condoms decrease sensibility, or unsafe practices such as withdrawal, as a contraceptive method.

It seems pretty obvious, but the use of various contraceptive methods is less costly than using no contraceptive method at all, since there are several costs for child raising (such prenatal care or delivery). Condoms and pills are the most popular, especially among adolescents. They are less costly (condoms generally don’t cost more than pocket money), easier to buy, and don’t represent any risk to the adolescent sexuality. Keep in mind that condoms need to be used correctly to ensure full protection, and although pills are some of the most common contraceptive methods, they have to be prescribed by a clinician.

Finding the right contraceptive method is an important issue concerning adolescent sexuality. It requires deeply planning from all parties involved, which in some cases takes a good deal of intimacy. It is vital that both, and not just the boy or the girl, share responsibility.

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