Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:34:31 AM
Teen pregnancy has declined very fast in the past few years due to many things. First of all, teenagers are realizing more and more the risks of teen pregnancy because of television shows such as Teen Mom and I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. Secondly, I believe teens are receiving better education on pregnancy in school and at home. Also, young people are getting contraceptives more easily than before, now that society has accepted that most teenagers will have sex whether they have protection or not. Teenage pregnancy is a big struggle for the current generation, so it is very reassuring to people to see statistics dropping so drastically.
Pregnant teenagers being presented in the media have a huge effect on how teens view the issue of young pregnancy. Television and magazines have an enormous influence on teenagers, male and female. The MTV show Teen Mom has succeeded in scaring a lot of teenagers into being more careful not to get pregnant, seeing all of the pain and grief these young mothers go through. Since teenage pregnancy is no longer ignored and "swept under the rug" as a hidden taboo, now we can actually face the issue instead of merely denying it. Television shows help to do that by spreading awareness to teenagers everywhere of the reality of these people's situations.
Public school systems have a lot to do with the decline in teen pregnancy in the last few years. Sex education programs have gotten more realistic, setting new standards for students that are more reachable for them and less idealistic. Now that sex can be more openly discussed, teenagers need not be afraid to ask questions and learn more about it and how to prevent pregnancy. Giving away contraceptives in schools is a useful and free way for teenagers to keep from getting pregnant and save them from bad situations in the future. It is a big step for schools to help teenagers with this problem. While many teens are not comfortable talking to their parents about sex and pregnancy, it is productive to have an opportunity to speak with other adults and get help from an outside source if needed.
In recent years, contraceptives such as birth control and condoms have been made more readily available to teens, resulting in less teenage pregnancy. Places like Planned Parenthood are very useful to teenagers everywhere, no matter their financial status. Girls can get a prescription to birth control for almost no money at all, which luckily is being taken advantage of. Boys are becoming more aware of the risks of pregnancy, as well, making them more open to using and being responsible for their own contraception. The fact that tools used to prevent pregnancy are so widely distributed to teens and for so little money is surely a component in the decrease of teenage pregnancy.
In conclusion, teenagers are stepping up with adults to avoid teen pregnancy, making a huge effect.