Post # 17
Like PPs mentioned, having access to a resource doesn’t solve the problem for all teens, but it can and does solve issues for many.
I’ll never forget the time I was working in a grocery store and a couple of kids that were sixteen sent a friend in to buy condoms for them because they really thought you had to be 18 to do so. The kid took out his ID, and I asked him why in the world I would need that. We got into a great conversation, and these kids said a lot of their friends didn’t use condoms simply because they really did not know they could buy them before being a legal adult. That just blew my mind.
Kids have so many misconceptions about birth control; making it seem taboo doesn’t stop them from having sex, but rather stops them from using BC and increases teen pregnancy.
Post # 18
This poll should have a third option. It prevents SOME potential pregnancies.
Post # 19
I think so, I think (especially in England) teenagers actually view guys who don’t use condoms in a bad light.
So I think condoms and free access does prevent teen pregnancy, and above all sexually transmitted diseases as well!
Post # 20
@MissBananaBread: Good thought. Even if they were delivered to minors, there would still be some who wouldn’t utilize them.
Post # 21
How about teen pregnancy where you used condoms and still got pregnant…? I fell into that category.
*this was after a year of being intimate so we knew how condoms worked… but they aren’t 100% effective.
Post # 22
@Stellar Magnitude: I agree with you about the handing a teen a baby for a week to deal with.
I don’t think access to condems prevents teen preg. they aren’t going to use it just cause it’s there. They will use it if the have huge consequences. My parents explained to come home with a baby ment the end of everything, no college, no fun, no going out, they would not be babysitters. If i did manage to make it thru HS without being preg, I got to go away to college, got expensive vacations…. it was pretty much a no brainer. That and my mom was a teen mom and her life was full of responsibilities for the children she brought into the world. If they get the consequences of not using BC they will use it.
Post # 23
@MrsBrightSkies: I agree. They need to be talked to as well.
It’s great if they have access to different types of BC but that alone won’t always help. What if they don’t know what they are doing? Most teenagers won’t know to pinch the top so it doesn’t rip unless they take the time to read the instructions (what teen would really do that) or are told how to use one?
Post # 24
Perhaps reduces, but does not prevent. I think reducing it is a good thing though!
Post # 25
I think it definitely helps- and while it isn’t a completely sure method of preventing pregnancy, I don’t think that handing them out is encouraging teens to have sex. It’s giving people who were going to do it anyway a safe way to do it. Teenagers are going to have sex no matter what anyone says or does. Same with minors drinking alcohol and people smoking pot. Doesn’t matter if it’s illegal or considered morally questionable- people are going to do what they want to do.
So many younger people have completely misconstrued ideas about sex, Save-The-Date Cards, protection, and pregnancy, and I think a lot of times, that’s why some teenagers end up pregnant. They are uninformed or misinformed. I think along with sex education, easy access to condoms would prevent a lot of teen pregnancies.
Post # 26
@Stellar Magnitude: agreed. I worked at a daycare. Let me tell you…. 4 infants (between 8 weeks and 9 months) all needing a diaper change at once. Or 12 2 year olds in one room….. holy cow… I don’t want kids for a LONG time. Even just the 3 hours in the afternoon that I first had them….
Edit: but you can’t just throw some condoms at a kid (and they are) and expect them to know how to use it. You’d be surprised at how many college aged think that if you put a condom on inside out, and take it off and turn it around, it’s okay…. most of the time it is… but there is sperm in that precum.
I think my dad did it the right way. Told me where I could get them in the house. And put me on the depo shot. I lost my mom at 14. He sat me down, talked to me. And we decided together that the shot would be the easiest thing for us to remember together. Something he knew I was using. And couldn’t forget.
Post # 27
I think it’s a whole lot better than preventing access to contraceptives.
Post # 28
I don’t think providing access itself does anything one way or the other, but I am thoroughly of the opinion that denying access on the grounds that teenagers then *won’t* have sex is… um, hilariously wrong. As much as I’d like every teenager to have sensitive, informative safe sex counseling, I think having condoms available for free, no questions asked, is going to prevent a few potential pregancies here and there.
Post # 29
I think access to condoms helps when coupled with a thorough education.
however, like PPs have said condoms aren’t always effective
Post # 30
@Stellar Magnitude: Great Idea, I know of a girl that once told me that watching her niece, a 2 y.o., was the best birth control she’d ever had. Now the question is where would we find mothers that would hand their newborns to a 16 y.o for the night ?
Post # 31
Just handing out condoms will prevent a few teen preganancy. But providing access, as well as comprehensive sex education, will do a lot more. Either way though, access is better than no access.