Planned Parenthood Review

In our Planned Parenthood review, we found out information on one of the best and most popular resources for teen sex information. For teens who are having sex, thinking about having sex or just want information, Planned Parenthood is a helpful resource.

Planned Parenthood has clinics in many cities throughout the United States and provides teens and adult women with viable options of birth control, unintended pregnancy solutions as well as basic sex education. The Planned Parenthood website is also a good resource for a wealth of information on how pregnancy and contraception work, gay and lesbian issues, sexually transmitted disease and how to practice safe sex. The Planned Parenthood website also has information specifically for parents, and information specifically for teens making this a great website to spark discussion about safe sex and other sex-related issues between parents and their teens. 

About Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that provides health care and education for men and women who do not otherwise have access to health care. Planned Parenthood is primarily funded by the federal and state governments and also operates on private donations to keep their 800 health centers open throughout the United States. In addition to its services, Planned Parenthood serves as an advocate of women’s rights and pro-choice options for women and teens  throughout the country. Planned Parenthood is often associated with the controversial topic of abortion, however the institution itself does not necessarily take a stance, but simply allows women and teens the choice to practice safe sex and take action to plan for pregnancy. The primary goal of Planned Parenthood is to promote women’s health and the overall sexual health of both men and women. Planned Parenthood does advocacy work on behalf of this mission and strives to help those who do not have access to health care or do not have basic sexual knowledge based on where they live. Many who live in poverty and underdeveloped areas are not given basic information about safe sex, contraception, STDs and unintended pregnancy, which is often the result of so many inner-city teen pregnancies and rampant spreading of STDs. 

Planned Parenthood health care:

About 90 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood provides is preventative or primary care, which helps ensure against unplanned pregnancies and reduces the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and frequent treatment. Planned Parenthood also has an international program that advocates for U.S. foreign policies that will benefit and improve the overall sexual health of individuals and families around the world. In our Planned Parenthood review we found that the operation plays a vital role in benefiting young men, women and adults to help them become more informed about sex education so they can learn to make the right decisions when it comes to practicing safe sex, knowing the signs and symptoms of STDs as well as how to prevent unplanned pregnancy. There are about 1.2 million teens and adults who actively participate in Planned Parenthood educational programs each year. These efforts could be partially responsible for the recent Centers for Disease Control study showing more and more teens saying no to having sex. 

Planned Parenthood statistics:

  • Planned Parenthood is know for providing sexual health care information and education to more than 5 million women, men and teens each year. 
  • About three million men and women in the United States regularly visit Planned Parenthood centers throughout the country on an annual basis. 
  • While many think Planned Parenthood is simply a resource for teens who do not have access to health care, that assumption is wrong. About 79 percent of those who visit Planned Parenthood are age 20 and older.
  • There are about one in five women throughout the United States who have visited the Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life. 
  • In our Planned Parenthood review, we found that the operation has helped prevent about 612,000 unintended pregnancies each year.
  • About 83 percent of the services offered at Planned Parenthood are meant to prevent unplanned pregnancy by offering contraception and birth control.

Planned Parenthood services

In addition to advocacy and educational efforts, Planned Parenthood offers birth control, regular checkups like pap smears and breast exams and breast cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood also provides solutions for those who find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. About three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services result in abortions. Unfortunately, many law makers are attempting to discontinue public funding, which is the primary source of operation funding for Planned Parenthood.  The organization has over four million activists and supporters and donors nationwide. These men and women promote the ideals and mission of Planned Parenthood. For those who are interested in learning more about Planned Parenthood, check your local listings to find if you have a Planned Parenthood clinic nearby. 

Sources: plannedparenthood.org, abcnews.go.com

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