Teen Birth Control Statistics

Teen birth control statistics show the majority of sexually experienced teens did use some form of contraceptives the first time they had sex. Also according to new teen birth control statistics, most the use of contraceptives is increasing in cases of premarital sex.

Based on recent reports from the Guttmacher Institute, a leading research development company for the advance of sexual and reproductive health, indicates more and more teens are beginning to use birth control of some sort. This could be part of the reason why the number of teen pregnancies are slowly starting back on a downward trend.

Teen birth control statistics:

  • According to the research compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, sexually active teens who do not use any form of contraception are at a 90 percent chance of becoming pregnant.
  • Most teens use birth control during their first sexual experience, according to these teen pregnancy statistics: about 79 percent of females and 87 percent of males.
  • When it comes to the choice for contraception, condoms are the most commonly used for the first time intercourse for teens. About 68 percent of females use it during their first time followed by 82 percent of males.
  • About 95 percent of sexually experienced teen females has used a condom at least one. About 55 percent have used birth control like the pill. About 58 percent go with the pull out method, which is the least effective method of birth control.
  • Nearly one in five teen girls, at risk for an unintended pregnancy has reached about 19 percent because they did not use any contraception during their last intercourse.
  • Although this number is a lot lower, still about 35 percent of male teens and 21 percent of female teens use both a condom and birth control like the pill to prevent both sexually transmitted infections as well as unintended pregnancy. However, the numbers are probably lower most likely because some of these teens are in monogamous relationships and do not feel they are at risk for an STI or sexually transmitted disease.

Teen contraception services:

In most states, it is pretty easy for a teen to get access to contraception like condoms and birth control. Girls over age 18 have access to over the counter forms of the Plan B pill as well, which is another form of emergency contraception in case of failed or misused contraception during sex. However both Texas and Utah require parental consent for contraceptive services that are paid for with state funds, according to the Guttmacher¬†teen birth control statistics. Only about five percent of high schools throughout the United States have made condoms available to students. Also according to the teen birth control statistics about two million women under the age of 20 received contraceptives by publicly supported family planning centers. This total number represented about 25 percent of the centers’ clients who were there specifically to get birth control or contraception.

Where to find contraception:

It is common knowledge that condoms can be purchased at just about any grocery store or convenience store and are available for anyone to purchase. There are tons of different types of condoms available and there are advantages and disadvantages to just about every kind. The idea is to find a brand of condoms that works best for you and your partner. These are great forms of contraception because the prevent not only pregnancy but the spread of STIs as well. Hormonal methods of birth control like the pill are only available from a healthcare provider with a prescription. However, now it is easier than ever for teens to get on birth control without having to notify their parents. There are also some types of contraceptives that you can purchase online. There are also several different types of the barrier type of contraception: the male condom, the female condom, and spermicides. These are the only types of contraception that can protect you from both unplanned pregnancy as well as STDs and STIs. If you are unsure which kind you want to try,  you can always try them all to see which option works best for you. Some prefer certain types of birth control to others.

Sources: avert.org, guttmacher.org

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