It's always been touted that more sexual education and better birth control methods would reduce unplanned pregnancies. Just recently Bristol Palin announced she is pregnant again from a man who will be a different "baby daddy" from Tripp's father. The most recent Guttmacher data found that (more than half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended), and the rate of unintended pregnancies in America has been steadily (increasing since 1994)! Teen pregnancies are at a (historic low)! What’s happening? Is it just too difficult to avoid "unintended pregnancies"?
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No matter what the risks are very few people believe something bad is going to happen to (them). Maybe it's human nature not to live in fear.
However it's never smart to live in ignorance.
I imagine ignorance sometimes plays a part. Maybe they had unprotected sex a few times without becoming pregnant and "assumed" they couldn't get pregnant. Spontaneous sex is an issue. They weren't in a "relationship" saw no need for daily pills.
My best friend from college was like that. She used condoms sporadically. Then she had a pregnancy scare. I thought she was infertile, but she went on to have 4 kids after marriage. Weird how that happens...
Yes, sometimes just being lucky or unlucky plays a large part. I imagine not many women want to take a daily pill if they're not in a relationship even though condoms have a higher fail rate. Some believe having the shot or IUD cause promiscuity.
Exactly, it goes back to the good/bad girl premise. Good girls NEVER EVER plan for sex, ONLY BAD GIRLS do that. Alas, the insanely inane scenario continues yet again.
Very true! LOL!
I suppose the same could be said of young men that go out on dates carrying condoms. Being "prepared" implies presumption. For some people it's even worse if the woman has a stash of condoms! :)
There's such a thing as maturity and responsibility. If one is going to have sex, h/she should plan for preventives; if not, THEN DON'T HAVE SEX. This is simple logic which doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand.
You have a very condescending and judgemental tone in everything post about women and families. I'd prefer not to interact with you at all.
I am the LEAST condescending/judgmental person. I am in fact very liberal in outlook. However, I strongly avouch that when people have sex, they should exercise responsibility or DON'T have sex at all. Sex isn't he be and end all to life.
Motherbynature, "Unintended" means "unplanned" or not attempting to get pregnant. The whole notion of the concept of "planned parenthood" was people could actually plan when they wanted to have children via their use of birth control.
I do know some women who have done this but do you think there are enough women doing this to cause the numbers to rise so high?
I do. I know men in their 20s who actually have/had unprotected sex in order to force their hand into marriage b/c they couldn't make a decision. Men are more willing to marry the mother of their child than a girl who just wants marriage.
The article I read called them "Unintended pregnancies".
Having said that it's been reported there are no 100% fool proof birth control methods other than abstinence. However I suspect like you there's a lot of (unprotected sex) going on!
Indeed. The best laid plans of mice and men often result in little mice and little men...
N the 80's & 90's we had the fear of AIDS. Maybe now that AIDS is not everywhere in the news, people are having unprotected sex more often.
BizWhiz, You have a point. Now that HIV and AIDS is not an automatic death sentence in the news media less and less people worry about it. The last big scare was with Ebola last year. I bet spontaneous sex between cohabitating couples is high.
"Maybe they inanely believe that "nice" girls do not plan for sex." " Nice girls let sex happen while bad girls plan for sex."
Grace, I believe there is a group of young women who do believe this! They may look down on women using the pill.
The article didn't specify if it included married women. However since it does state: "more than half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended." I would guess that includes married women as well.
Unintended has nothing to with marital status.
Biz Whiz, what an excellent answer indeed. If people have unprotected sex, they are acting immaturely and capriciously,not logically nor intellectually. Sex involves responsibility i.e. using preventives If one isn't ready, don't think of having sex.
Married couples have "unintended pregnancies" too!
Bristol Palin launched an abstinence campaign. Dr. Laura is entitled to have a change of heart but she can't change her past. She had at least 2 affairs. http://www.nndb.com/people/427/000022361/
WOW, Thank you for that link! I will forward to my sister as she WORSHIPS Dr. Laura! I so appreciate your bringing that to my attention.
You're welcome! I guess it's true what they say:
Every Sinner has a future and every Saint has a past!:)
Are you saying these women are (intentionally) getting pregnant because only few men (want) to have kids?
In other words these young women are lying about it being an "accident" or "unintended"?
Yes I think so. They might like to have kids that is why they chose to get pregnant. Most men don't like kids.
I'm not sure one can say (most men) don't like kids.
They may not be interested in being demoted as a priority or may not want a "permanent connection" with that specific woman.
Hopefully the days of attempting to "trap men" are passé.