Current Trends Concerning Teens and Sexual Activity
Many young adults become sexually active during their teenage years. Sex is a natural human urge, so it is not surprising that many teens want to explore this unknown territory.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 46 percent of teens have had sex at least once between the ages of 15 and 19. Not surprisingly, the percentage of sexually active teens increases with age: only 13 percent of 15-year-olds have had sex, but 70 percent of 19-year-olds have had sex.
Sexual education varies across the country. Some schools promote abstinence-only sexual education. Others also promote contraceptive use to protect against sexually transmitted disease and pregnancies.
Which methods of birth control do sexually active teens use the most often?
First place goes to the condom, which does not require a medical prescription, and can be found for free at clinics, which makes them easier to obtain. On average, 69 percent of teens have used a condom to protect themselves during sex.
The second most commonly used method of birth control for teens is the birth control pill, which has been used by 61 percent of teenagers. Other common methods of birth control include abstinence, spermicide, NuvaRing, and Ortho Evra, commonly known as the birth control patch.
Despite the method, the percentage of teenagers who use some sort of birth control has increased by 10 percent since 1995, which is a very good thing. Also practice safe sex- you are in charge of your own health, don’t leave it up to your partner.
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