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Harvard life: Little sex, even less drugs

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Replies to: Harvard life: Little sex, even less drugs

  • maizeandblue21maizeandblue21 Registered User Posts: 634 Member
    ^...where are you from?
  • NovaLynnxNovaLynnx Registered User Posts: 1,406 Senior Member
    But it isn't typical to have 30+ pregnant girls in a single high school class. This can certainly vary by area and the availability of affordable birth control options, but on average, the number is much, much smaller. I had maybe one, two girls tops graduate either pregnant or with a child already born in my class. And that was fairly unheard of for my area at the time (roughly 6 years ago).

    Yes, it is sad how uninformed many teens are, but for those who choose to educate themselves and take safety precautions (such as birth control and condoms), there is no shame in engaging in sexual activity IF they are emotionally ready and not being coerced.

    Also, of the several different birth control pills I've tried over the years, I've generally been told after the 7th day of my first pack (if I had stopped taking it for a while), I was protected. Five months minimum would be no safer than taking the pill for one month - as long as you're taking it at the same time every day. Many girls don't realize that lower estrogen pills need to be taken more strictly on the hour each day. But any doctor or Planned Parenthood nurse should be explaining this completely.

    In the end, it is a personal choice. Those who choose to wait should not look down on those who don't, and vice versa. But we should all agree that education and awareness is critical to making such personal decisions.
  • VladenschlutteVladenschlutte Registered User Posts: 4,329 Senior Member
    5'7" may not be the tallest but it's fairly average.

    No, but that's nice of you to say anyway.
  • spectasticspectastic - Posts: 847 Member
    isn't sex ed a strong emphasis at secondary public schools? we've all had to take that stupidass class where we put the condom over a banana (except me due to religious reasons :)). So what's the problem? some kids just have to learn the hard way

    or they need better parents, which is a domestic issue
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 33,832 Senior Member
    No we haven't. Only 65% of adolescents have any kind of sex ed.
  • steellord321steellord321 Registered User Posts: 349 Member
    "sex ed," like everything in public middle/high school, is a farce. Usually they only try to scare you into abstinence, refusing to acknowledge that the average person loses their virginity by what 15? Parents, teachers, preachers, everyone refuses to accept this and that leads to the unwanted pregnancies. Blaming the kid, when the adults are so inept and willfully blind, is pointless. That's not going to lead to fewer pregnancies. Nobody wins when a 15-year-old has to "learn the hard way," drop out and go on welfare.
  • spectasticspectastic - Posts: 847 Member
    65%? I can see how that might be a problem.... I thought it was standard practice
  • WiscongeneWiscongene Registered User Posts: 1,355 Senior Member
    Over 70% of 19-year-olds have had sex already? Oh great, one more thing to worry about...
  • UnusualAsianKidUnusualAsianKid Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    We have exactly 37 pregnant girls in my high school class. That's not even accounting for the ones that are already mothers. It's insane.

    And actually, that is false. Generally, you want to be on birth control for a decent five months before sexual activity. That's what all the OB/GYN's around here are recommending at least.

    Honestly, it's sad how many teens don't know the facts. We don't have a Planned Parenthood in my area (it got shut down five years ago) and I live in a primarily Catholic area (go figure!). The statistic that 70% of teens have already had sex does ring true in many ways for my area I suppose. It's a bit scary how high that number is though. I don't mean to come off in a negative way, but I think it's too risky to have sex young. It can be damaging later on if you're especially impressionable.
  • gaiou37gaiou37 Registered User Posts: 446 Member
    I don't know what the OB/GYN in your area are smoking, but there is NO WAY you need to be on birth control 5 months to be protected. I have never heard more than 30 days, and from experience (as well as several girlfriends' experiences) it has always been effective after 7 days unless it's the first time you ever take it. 5 months is insane.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 33,832 Senior Member
    Unusual, that doesn't make any sense whatsoever. You have to cycle through once. BC works by not letting you ovulate. That doesn't take 5 months. It takes a week before it's effective if you're not on your period.

    I think they recommend you cycle through once just to be safe.
    Honestly, it's sad how many teens don't know the facts.

    Irony...
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