The media’s bad job of reporting on teenage pregnancy and parenting has real-life consequences and effects on teenage families, including depression and generational poverty. By removing these stereotypes, and changing to more positive story lines and outcomes, people in the media can make it easier on teens to create thriving families.
We don’t wait to teach driver’s ed until after young people start driving, so why on earth do most sex education classes occur after a significant chunk of teens are already sexually active? It’s time to let go of the sentimental attachment to the idea of “innocence” in adolescents.
When the Bloomberg administration unveiled its teen pregnancy prevention campaign last March, it was met with immediate backlash. Now the city has updated the campaign website, but the site doesn’t abandon all of the problematic language featured in the previous campaign.
The Chicago Department of Public Health’s Office of Adolescent and School Health just released a new set of teen pregnancy prevention ads that feature images of half-naked young men who appear, thanks to technology, pregnant.
The copper IUD, known as Paragard in the US, is an overlooked option which offers a number of benefits over EC pills.
Condoms are 98 percent effective when used perfectly, but only 82 percent effective with typical use. Wearing a condom that is too small or too big can impact how effective a condom is at preventing pregnancy.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget would cut the entire $455,000 in state funding to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative which supports programs at schools and clinics in seven health districts, including Alexandria, which have the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the state.
Once a very unpopular method of contraception, the IUD is making a comeback as an increasing number of women adopt this method of contraception. A new study suggests that this is due to product improvements, increased access, and a better reputation, among other factors.
A more than two-thirds majority of voters–including those who voted for Republican/Tea Party candidates in the November 2010 election–strongly oppose the House Republican leadership’s declaration of war on women.
What is emergency contraception? And is it harmful to keep taking it?