Why Easy Access to Birth Control Is Vital for Teens

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The Doctors discuss a Massachusetts school district's decision to give students access to condoms, birth control pills, and emergency contraception and why this is so important.

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Pediatrician Dr. Dafna Ahdoot tells us 30 percent of American teens become pregnant by the age of 20, and she calls these statistics "huge."

She says first, she encourages teens to abstain from sex and then discusses birth control options, and the risks of having sex, educating them about possible STIs and the dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol with sex.

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She notes that giving kids access to sex education and birth control options does not make kids more promiscuous. In fact, better access has been shown prolong the age of when kids have sex and there are fewer pregnancies when compared to kids who are not given this access. She says she is all for giving teens better and more access to birth control options and better education about sex. 

Get more resources and tips on talking to your teens about sex from the CDC.

 

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