(Closed) Does access to condoms prevent teen pregnancy?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Does access to condoms prevent teen pregnancy?
    Yes : (164 votes)
    70 %
    No : (70 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Access to any birth control alone won’t prevent it.  Combine it with talking to the teens, providing advice, and never stop having those talks.  That won’t prevent it either, but can help them think things through. 

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Of course it does, IF they use it.

    I think the perfect prevention for teen pregnancy wold be handing off a real live newborn to a teen for a week. No help. No free passes away from the child. That’ll make ’em change their mind about unsafe sex really quick. LOL!

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Obviously not, since any HS or MS nurse has them to give out, many are like $5 at the store, and there are plently of clinics that will give them out and lots of teens still get pregnant.

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    No.

    If their are teens out their that don’t know about condoms and where to get them for free then they shouldn’t be having sex to begin with. They are  also not expensive or banned for purchase at certain age levels

    Just trying to say that If you think you are ready to be sexually active you should know all of your options on how to keep your self safe!

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @DarrenTunstall: No, you can go to any gas station and for $5 buy a couple condoms. I think having them handed out at school would only encourage it and is innapropriate. And I also believe if they are too shy to go into a gas station and buy some then they will be too embarassed to go ask the school nurse for a few… I believe many teenagers have unprotected sex b/c it just feels better and with the “superman” complex most teenagers adopt they don’t believe any bad will come of it. JMO. lol.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    haha @chasesgirl: we almost said the same thing at the same time.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Thorpewood

    I do think it would help prevent it but only if they use them.  I know a LOT of my friends were too embarrassed to buy condoms so they didn’t use them.  I was never embarrassed by this.  I’d be more embarrassed being knocked up at 16 than buying some condoms.

    But not having access to them at all is only going to create MAJOR problems.  There would be significantly more teen pregnancies if it weren’t possible for teens to get condoms. 

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee

    Access alone doesn’t prevent anything.  Any sort of contraceptive needs to not only be accessible, but obtainable.  Teens need to have the means to purchase condoms, not be embarassed/afraid to buy them, educated in how to use them properly, and empowered enough to use them EVERY TIME. 

    Access is a good start though 🙂

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    They need access to birth control AND education on how and why to use it.  The mentality that denying them access to BC will prevent kids from having sex is the most ludicrous line of thinking I’ve ever heard.   I think all kids should have mandatory sex ed, regardless of what parents want, and they should be able to access BC at school/health clinics fairly easily.   At least then, they’ll be having safer sex rather than unsafe sex because the bottom line is, most kids are going to have sex before they hit the age of 18.   I for one would like to stop seeing so many babies being born to young mums who are unable to care for them….so let’s do everything we can to educate our kids and provide the means for them to prevent unwanted pregnancies and Save-The-Date Cards (not the save the date kind!) 

    Post # 12
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Ree723: lol everytime I see a save the date post ( STD) I’m like whoa… and then I remember there is a wedding relate acronym

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I agree with education as well as access to condoms. I don’t agree with abstinence only education because I don’t know very many teenagers who do abstain. I feel like once hormones kick in even the smartest and most well behaved teenagers make mistakes. I lost my viriginity to a guy I met at my church youth group for goodness sake! However, I did have very good sexual education classes throughout middle and high school and thankfully have practiced safe sex.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @MrsBrightSkies: EXACTLY. Access to them is only the first step, but education is so important! Not only about the physical logistics, but the emotional side of it, too.

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It wouldn’t help every teen, but I’m sure it would help some. I really don’t think it would cause more sex among teens, as some adults fear. I mean really, what teen that does not want to have sex is going to change their mind because they have access to free condoms if they want one? But some teens definitely end up pregnant after having sex spontaneously and not having a condom with them – and I think it could help in cases like that.

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