IUDs and Teens

IUDs: the final solution for teen pregnancy?

Pro-RH arguments for contraceptives always point to “unmet need” being the main problem that the RH bill hopes to solve. But look at this data from the US, and the solution proposed by a University of Massachusetts pediatrician:

Yet he cites that half of the unintended pregnancies in the U.S. (in any given age group) occur with women taking the pill. This is because only 40 percent of adults and 25 percent of teens remember to take it as directed (every day). Birth control pill use among high school age girls results in a 10 percent failure rate, which Dr. Sanghavi describes as “breathtaking.”

His solution? IUDs (intrauterine devices), “which last five to 10 years […and] can be implanted easily in young teens and do not carry additional risks of pelvic infection.” He cites that currently, only 2 percent of teens and 4 percent of adult women use IUDs. Their failure rate is cited at a mere 0.3 percent, which Dr. Sanghavi reckons would allow parents of sexually active girls to sleep more peacefully at night. And he’s probably right, especially if the parents are not bothered by the whole sexual promiscuity thing, or foreign object in your daughter’s reproductive tract thing.

In considering sex education as proposed by the RH bill, keep in mind that our teens, even those as young as 15 or even younger, are prime targets of those promoting so-called reproductive health to our youth, and that they will not be spared any “lessons” that these educators think they need to learn.

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