May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. A time when teenagers are out and about, later than usual, for proms and graduation parties. I can just imagine all the parents out there watching the clock as curfew approaches, wondering what their kids are doing, did the conversations about safe sex sink in?
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, nearly 1 in 4 teens will get pregnant by the time they're 20 years old. On top of that, only 38% of teens who get pregnant before age 18 will end up getting their high school diploma.
So prevention, is key. But, according to this survey, fear might be one of the reasons teenagers aren't using protection. 68% of teens said the reason they aren't using birth control is because they are afraid their parents will find out. The survey, which was published last month, found parents had the most influence on their children's decisions about sex, not their friends or partner.
This CNN article includes good interviews and advice about how/when to get that conversation started, because the one thing that seems to be clear, in this case, ignorance isn't bliss.