If you’re having sex, you could get pregnant. The U.S. has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy: almost 750,000 teenage girls become pregnant each year in the U.S.—that’s nearly 3 out of 10.
While teens are no more likely to get pregnant than, the consequences of an unexpected pregnancy for a teen can be much greater.
- About half of teen moms graduate from high school
- Most teen moms end up on welfare
- Raising a baby takes time and money and these two things can put a strain on a relationship
- Daughters born to teen mothers are more likely to become teen moms themselves
- Children born to teen mothers are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to be unemployed
Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy, but if you are having sex, there are a number of contraception methods available to you.
Short-acting reversible contraception methods include: Male condoms, female condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, the sponge, spermicide, the pill and emergency contraception
Long-acting reversible contraception methods include: The patch, the ring, the shot, the implant and IUDs
Find more information about these methods and others, visit:
CDC – Information on Contraception
Bedsider – Methods
It’s Your Sex Life – What Works/What Doesn’t
- You can get pregnant, even if it’s the first time you’ve had sex
- You can get pregnant in any position
- You can get pregnant on any day of the month
- There are lots of myths about pregnancy – see some of those myths debunked here: Stay Teen – Myths
- If you’re not using any form of contraception, your likelihood of getting pregnant is a lot higher
Abstinence and condoms are the only methods of contraception that offer the added benefit of preventing STD/STIs