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A Need for Sex Education Before Teens Start Having Sex

Teens Start Having Sex

Every parent dreads the question – “Where do babies come from?” Or even the time when you have to sit your kid down and explain to them about the birds and the bees. But researchers now believe that you should have that talk with your child and it should be before they start having sex.

Teens Start Having Sex

As obvious as it sounds, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 83% of teen girls who were sexually active had no formal education about sex. And many only went through sex education after they had lost their virginities.

When the statistics added up, 91% of young women between the ages of 15 and 17 stated that even though they had attended a formal sex education class only 61% learned about birth control and ways to say no to sex.

“Although we have made significant progress reducing teen pregnancy, far too many teens are still having babies,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Births to younger teens pose the greatest risk of poor medical, social and economic outcomes. Efforts to prevent teen childbearing need to focus on evidence-based approaches to delaying sexual activity and increasing use of the most effective methods of contraception for those teens who are sexually active.”

The thing with sex education is that it has to be timed well. There’s no point talking to a teenager about sex and necessary precautions once they are already sexually active. Sex education should including abstinence and birth control should start at an age where the teenager hasn’t started being sexually active otherwise, it “represents a missed opportunity to introduce medically accurate information,” researchers stated.

The study, published online in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said that around 28.5% of 16-year-olds had ever had sex. Only 15% of these teens however used any kind of birth control which included the pill, a vaginal ring, IUD or hormonal implant. And 62% of them used condoms, sponges, the rhythm method or withdrawal. There were a 23% of teens who didn’t use any type of preventative or protection at all. Overall, the teen birthrate continued to decline, according to data from the CDC’s National Vital Statistics System. In 2012, the birthrate hit an all-time low of 29.4 per 1,000 women between 15 and 19. As compared to 1991, when there were 84.1 births for every 1,000 women in the same age group.

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