Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:55:01 PM
What Do I Attribute to the Decline of Teen Pregnancies?
For years and year’s teenage pregnancies has been a huge issue. So many teens were having unprotected sex and not knowing the consequences of their actions. In 1990 there was a total of 521,626 births in the U.S. to women 15-19 years old. In the past couple of years the rate of teen pregnancies has dropped dramatically. In 2011 there was a total of 367, 752 births in the U.S. to women 15-19 years old. The reason less and less young ladies are having babies is because more people are becoming more knowledgeable on the risks of unprotected sex and knowing someone else who’s been a teen mom has discouraged teens to have kids.
The one and only way anyone can get pregnant is through unprotected sex. Not only can unprotected sex lead to pregnancies, but it can also lead to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that can be life threatening. An estimated 7 million people die from an STD each year. This is an alarming statistic but many teenagers now have been educated and informed on STDs in their school. Over 90% of schools in America have required a health class for all students to take. Through health classes, teenagers have learned of the risk of unprotected sex. Sex Ed. has taught them of all the different contraception out there, such as birth control, male condoms, and even female condoms. Some schools also inform the students of places they can get contraception for free such as hospitals, clinics, and even schools. In reality, its not that less teens are having sex, but more teens are having protected sex. Teens have learned to talk to parents, grandparents, teachers, or an older, wiser role model of some sort that they trust about the dangers and repercussions of sex.
Growing up everybody knows somebody or has heard of somebody who has been a teen mom. Almost all teen moms can testify that it is a huge struggle to become a mom at such a young age. They have to make sacrifices that most teenagers don’t have to make. Parties, athletics events, after school activities, hanging out with friends: are just a few examples of the things that most teen moms have to give up for their child. Not only do they have to give up their personal life, but also they have to give up so much more. Sleep, money, and time are the three biggest sacrifice of a teen mom. Lucy Almazan who is a seventeen year old teen mom said, "You have to finish school and it doesn't give you time. Who's going to take care of your baby in the mornings? In the night, they wake you up 3-4 times. You have to feed them, burp them and put them to sleep. Then you have to change diapers and you get up in the morning and you don't want to do anything. You just want to sleep." Shows such as Teen Moms and 16 & Pregnant portray the struggles of being a teen mom. This scares a lot of young teens and makes them think twice about even having sex.
Life with a baby is hard enough at any age, but having a baby at a young age makes life ten times harder. There are so many struggles of having babies such as financial challenges, lower levels of education, stress, and sacrifice. More people are becoming aware of these struggles and do not want it to happen to them. Teen pregnancy can be avoided by knowing the risk of not only becoming a teen mom, but also by having unprotect sex. People need to get informed, whether it’s through a school or from learning from someone else’s mistake. A moment of pleasure is not worth a lifetime of pain.