Although parents do not like to admit it, teens everywhere are having sexual relations. Parents try their best to raise children: to teach them right and wrong, and the difference between appropriate behavior and inappropriate behavior. However, teenage sexual relations have little to do with parents, and much more to do with teenage culture and pressures from peers. The world of teenagers is governed by different norms and 'rules' than that of parents or mixed groups. Within the teenage group, it is normal to be rebellious and to want to explore things that seem exciting, grown up, or 'cool'. Sex is, and will always be, one of these things. Since the desire to explore sex is a given, the best thing we can do is to provide teens with access to birth control, including condoms. With this, a considerable amount of teenage pregnancy can be prevented, although unfortunately not all.
I believe that teens should have access to comprehensive sex education and methods of contraception, like condoms, because it allows them to make informed choices about sex. Studies have shown that many teens are going to have sex, whether they have the necessary information and access to contraception or not. Providing them access to condoms just makes it more likely that, when they do choose to have sex, it will be safer sex.
If you can guarantee one thing, it's that teens will usually do what they want, and that includes sex. It's an age where sex is thought about more on a daily basis than any other time in life. Expecting them to be abstinent is absolutely ridiculous. Right-wing Christian fundamentalists seem to forget what it was like to be a teenager. So rather than expecting the impossible, I say let's give them the tools to at least perform sexual activity safely.
I was a teenager not that long ago myself. I was embarrassed to go in the store to purchase condoms and/or didn't have the money to purchase condoms. I feel as though if it's more readily accessible then more teens would pick them up instead of having unprotected sex. This study has been done many times and it is proven in most cases, that the teen pregnancy rate drops.
Unprotected sex has a chance of causing pregnancy. And once a teenager experiences their first bout of sex, they are unlikely to stop. So it would only be a matter of time before the unprotected sex caused a pregnancy. The moral and religious stigmas that used to be in place to guilt teens into not having sex are no longer as strong, and teens are going to have sex. It is just a matter of if they will be protected and safe, or unprotected and risking more than just an unwanted pregnancy.
In some cases teens do want to have a kid because they think it is cool to be 15 with their whole life ahead of them and just give it up because they have to raise a kid or the condom can rip or break, but that isn't very likely. There are about 820,000 teens that are pregnant a year. That is a really big number, bigger than it should be. Please stay protected and be safe, unless you really know what you are getting yourself into don't get half way through your pregnancy and decide i can't do this and have an abortion. That should never be an option in your mind. No one should ever have an abortion, I know it is your opinion but think what if your parents did that to you, you would not be alive and have the life you live now. Think before you do, don't do it out of peer pressure or to feel "cool" it really doesn't make you cool
If theres a resource to help pregnancy why not provide the teens who are sexually active. Some may say that providing condoms makes kids want to be more active. But u already know that teens will be teens. So why let them go out and have unsafe sex that could decrease teens chance of getting pregnant. If you could help a teen , why wouldn't you.I'm a teenager. I know first hand that sex is something that we all want to do even if we swore we wouldn't until marriage. Just because the condoms are present doesn't mean they are going to be used. Most teens are so 'in love' that they feel that they don't need to use condoms. Or we listen to friends and think that condoms would ruin it. Due to immature thinking, we end up allowing the guy to go in with no protection and don't even warn him beforehand and pull out. I am now going to be a mother. Not because I didn't have access to condoms, but because we just over looked the true benefit of using condoms.
I believe that being oblivious to the fact that teenagers are having sex does not help. Schools teach abstinence and all the negatives of sex saying that it is bad. Instead the schools and parents should inform their students/children the risks and how to prevent pregnancy. Condoms have been proven to help lower the chances of becoming pregnant and along with birth control the chances are even lower.
People everywhere, no matter their ages, will have sex. Is it not better to offer the option of having safe sex rather than just hoping nothing will happen? It's illogical to assume that access to condoms will encourage having sex, because people will do it if THEY want to. If there aren't any condoms available, then what the hell, they'll just go ahead. And frankly, young people deserve to have options. Experimenting with sex is perfectly normal, and they deserve a safe environment in which to do it.
Just because you tell a teenager to stop having sex doesn't mean they're going to. Teenagers world wide are having sex. The least you could do is help prevent the spread of disease and pregnancy by supplying condoms, and maybe when you're giving them condoms have a little sex education time with them. Odds are if you don't supply them with condoms they will have unsafe sex, and not tell you at all.
Because if you know sex you can't prevent yourself about the use of condoms, may change your mind and have sex. The more you get access to condoms the more sexually active you will be. Don't experience sex until you get married and prevent using condoms. Keep yourself away from condoms!
I don't think that the access to condoms prevents teen pregnancy. This is because teens don't care or think about it when they are in the moment. Most teens are also way to embarrassed or scared to talk to their parents about sex and especially when it comes to asking for condoms. I think that the safest way to not get pregnant is to not have sex. You can use whatever type of condom that you want but it is not 100% for sure that you won't get pregnant you eventually will so just do not have sex.
Birth Control and Condoms aren't the best way to go if you are choosing to have sex because a condom can easily break. Then you can depend on birth control... And even with birth control you can still get pregnant.. No sex is the best way to go, however you will get curious and you will want to have sex...
I am very pro choice AND pro sex ed but I do not believe that handling out free condoms (which I DO support) would guarantee usage. Sex is more than just the act...There are way too many other issues that we as a society have to deal with; like teenagers making unprotected sex sound romantic, that it's ok to go with the "spur of the moment", that having a baby solves issues, proves you love the person, etc.
Why are we still having high teenage pregnancy in the 21st century? Because neither side of the argument deal with the psychological issues surrounding sex; we just don't want Jenny pregnant. We don't correlate sex with self-esteem or peer pressure and we need to otherwise we will continue to have these problems. We need to invest in classes that not only deal with condoms, but why people have sex in the first place. Our schools need real counselors or access to counselors where girls and boys can discuss their sexual issues without judgement or cost. Teenagers will have sex, but without the psychological support they need in general, Jenny will still get pregnant.
I do not blame liberals or conservatives.
I had to break what was at this time a 50-50 argument. Of course this won't "prevent teenage pregnancy" because there will always be teens who get pregnant...there will always be that one teenage guy that gets a teenage girl pregnant. That will never stop. SO yes, condoms should be readily available...but teens will be teens no matter what you give them.
It's not like condoms are hard to pick up, so pretty much everyone has access to them unless you live in the middle of nowhere in a small town of fundamentalist Christians who would sooner have you neutered than using birth control. When you have condoms, you either don't use them or you use them as an excuse to have way too much sex, and eventually you end up pregnant anyway.
access to condoms may not necessarily prevent teenage pregnancy in a sense that it is up to the partners:boy or girl or both on whether or not they use protection and at times there may be incidents where the condom may break when having sexual intercourse! The girl may feel pressure from her partner and not want to use protection.
obviously not. all too many times i have heard some foolish teen talk about why he likes to go in bareback. he list some ill concieved justifications for his actions and soon after he joins the ranks of teen fathers. the problem is that teenagers are impulsive and lack the ability to understand longterm effects.
They don't protect against teen pregnancy, Some condoms don't always protect it. If ur seriously worried about getting pregnante then get a chasity belt. But wear a condom to stay safe. Dont become a mommy or a daddy.
Access to condoms might help prevent a few instances of teen pregnancy, but for better impact, I believe the role of young women on television should be considered. Young women see singers and actresses dressed like "ladies of the night", dancing half naked, using very suggestive moves. That example is followed by younger girls in their hometown, at parties, in the malls, without them fully understanding that what they see on TV is just an act. Teens need to understand the dignity and sanctity of their own body, and in doing so, they will think twice before going to bed and finding themselves pregnant.