How To Prevent Teen Pregnancy
How To Prevent Teen Pregnancy
This is a guide for teenagers covering sources of information on sexual health and teen pregnancy, as well as practical advise on various methods of contraception.
Hi, my name's Nikki and I'm a councillor and psychotherapist and I work a lot with teenagers. I'm here to talk to you about some of the issues that you might find that you're dealing with as a teenager and to hopefully give you some tips that might be useful. I'm going to talk about how to prevent teenage pregnancy.
If you're listening to this it may be that you've had a pregnancy scare or that you're just making sure that you won't be having a pregnancy scare. If you're a boy, your pregnancy scare can obviously come from being worried that the girl that you've had sex with or that you're seeing could have got pregnant. So if you want to prevent teen pregnancy the first things are obviously to know how you go about it.
The obvious thing is to not have sex, so it may be that if you are being sexual with someone, that you can be sexual but you don't have to have intercourse, you don't have to have penetration and obviously that's the way that people get pregnant. So you can be sexual, you can explore each others bodies, you can feel good with your boyfriend or your girlfriend and just not go there, not go all the way, not have full sex. And that can be enough for some people.
If it isn't enough for you and you're actually wanting to have full sexual intercourse, then you need to learn a bit more about contraception, and what it's actually doing to prevent teen pregnancy, or pregnancy full stop. There are two main ways to prevent pregnancy, you can find out more information about this from online information or you could talk to someone at a brooks advisory service where there are councillors you can speak to confidentially, you can call somewhere like child line, you could speak to your GP. Anyone under 16 is able to get free and confidential health advice about sex and pregnancy without your parents or carers ever having to know.
Obviously, 16 is the age of consent when you can legally have sex, but information about sex can be given to you when you're under 16, as long as they feel you're mature enough to understand it. So, the two main ways of preventing pregnancy if you are having sex is to use a condom, so it's a barrier method, and there's female condoms and there's male condoms but obviously the male condom is the most commonly used and it's the cheapest and you can also get it free from sexual health clinics or from youth groups or even from your GP. If you're going to use a condom, practice first with it.
Practice, if it's you or you and a guy getting the condoms, anyway, both of you practice how to put it on, how to put it on without ripping it so that you're not going to have any kind of accidents by using a condom. Condoms also protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so it not only prevents pregnancy, and it's 99 percent effective or I think it's 98 percent effective, but it also prevents again sexually transmitted infections and that is so important that you do that too. The other way is through a female, the woman, or the girl using a pill, it's called a combined pill and it's a contraceptive pill and the doctor or a family planning clinic are the places that you go to get prescribed a pill, to go on the pill.
So you would need to speak to your doctor, or go to a clinic, there are some clinics for young people that you could go to and speak to them about that too. So you can get the pill from the GP or from a health center, health clinic or a sexual health clinic. The thing with the pill is that it doesn't protect you from sexually transmitted infection, so STIs, but it will protect you from pregnancy, but you might also want to think about how you might protect yourself from getting any sexual infections.
The only other contraception is emergency contraception which is the IUD or the emergency pill. This is when, obviously there is a fear of pregnancy, that you think there's been an accident you have had sex without using a condom, or when you haven't been on the pill. So as a pr