Adolescent pregnancies have been dropping steadily for the last two decades, but in recent years this trend has flattened out. Now, social scientists believe one of the contributing factors may be the growing use of a less reliable form of contraceptive by teens. Rhythm method sexual activity as a contraceptive is only successful about 25% of the time. Check out the full story, with pictures and video below!

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The practice being adopted by more and more adolescents involves timing sexual intercourse so that it occurs outside of the fertile section of the female’s cycle. That combined with the growing rates of youths engaging in intercourse is contributing to the relative increase in pregnancies in the age group say social scientists.

“One of the great success stories of the past two decades has been the extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing,” said chief program officer Bill Albert, of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “This progress has recently stalled out.”

He says that the slowdown in the decrease of pregnancies in teens, rhythm method or not, is a bad sign for American families, as well as the economy as a whole.

“This is really quite alarming. I don’t think it takes a Ph.D. to understand that in this day and age and in this economy the route to success doesn’t begin with a family at age 16.” He says the new report will help in rectifying the situation. “We’ve known the decline in childbearing stalled out. This report kind of fills in the why,”

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, agrees that education is the best form of defense against the rising trend.

“With nearly half of all teenagers stating that they are sexually active, we cannot afford to keep our heads in the sand about ensuring that our young people have access to comprehensive sex education. While it’s encouraging to hear that a majority of them are using some form of birth control, many of the attitudes revealed in this report tell us that there is plenty of room for more comprehensive sex education that includes information about abstinence, contraception, healthy relationships, and responsible decision-making.”

I agree that nothing bad can come from further sex education for teens. Rhythm method use probably stems from a combination preference and lack of knowledge among adolescents. Believing the practice is fool-proof, young women are turning to the completely free and private contraceptive technique out of convenience. Education would open their eyes to the risks they are really taking.

What do you think of the new trend among adolescents? Is education enough to stem the tide in this case? Or is this a trend that is unavoidable? Let me know in the comment section!

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