Reports released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy present a grim situation of teen pregnancy in US. The country records the highest rate of teenage pregnancy among the industrially developed nations in the world, and three out of ten teenagers get pregnant in US once every year.
Teenage pregnancy, if not controlled can result in a social catastrophe taking a toll on the life of teenagers. The mounting government expenditure in rehabilitating teenage mothers and their kids is causing hindrance in the growth of the country. Teens’ access to birth control has always been a debatable issue.
Teens should be encouraged to abstain from sex at an early age and respect the sanctity of a conjugal relationship. Permitting the teens to access different birth control methods is almost like encouraging them indirectly to indulge in irresponsible sexual activities.
According to sex-educationists, it is always safe to adopt birth control methods to prevent the disastrous outcome of teenage pregnancy. None can deny the benefits of abstinence from sex among teens, but there is no harm in adopting safety measures to prevent untoward situations. Therefore, there is a need to weigh the pros and cons of teens’ access to birth control.
Allowing Teens To Access Birth Control May Raise The Chances Of Irresponsible Sexual Activities Among Teens
There is no doubt that teen pregnancy can be prevented to a great extent through proper birth control methods. It is a very unfortunate situation for teenagers to get pregnant at such a tender age. Chances of miscarriage and other pregnancy related complications are always high due to the undeveloped reproductive system of the teens. Moreover, it is always tough for teenagers to parent a child when they need parental guidance most.
Birth control may reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy, but it will not prevent the overzealous teens from indulging into irresponsible sexual activities. They will never learn the importance of sex in upholding a conjugal relationship. Consequently, they are driven to promiscuity. Teens may suffer from mental insecurity and fall an easy prey to depression.
Birth Control In Teens Will Not Always Ensure Their Safety From Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Birth control methods are effective in reducing the number of abortions in pregnant teenagers. It is not easy for teens to bear the pain and physical exertion of abortion. Induced abortion is expensive, and in some cases a teen may lose her fertility. Moreover, induced abortion is banned in many countries.
Teens cannot protect themselves from deadly sexually transmitted diseases through birth control measures, and that is no less unfortunate. Only barrier methods of birth control (male and female condoms) provide protection from sexually transmitted diseases, provided they are used correctly. There are higher chances of teens developing HPV infection, HIV/AIDS, genital herpes and cervical cancer. Sexually transmitted diseases may leave a permanent scar in a teen’s life.
Teens Should Access Birth Control As A Protective Measure And Not As An Experimental Tool
If your teenager child asks for birth control, never show a negative reaction. On the other hand, explain your child clearly the purpose of birth control methods, which should not be adopted for irresponsible sexual activities. Respect your child’s views regarding adopting birth control and at the same time provide the right guidance about the pros and cons of teenage sex.