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Birth Control Myths Too Many Teens Believe

Many teens who have sex don’t use birth control, initially or ever. Why do they take such risks? Quite often it’s because they believe certain birth control myths. These include:

1. “Birth control is unromantic.” Ask a teen how romantic pregnancy or fears of pregnancy might be. The fact is, using a reliable method of birth control can free a person to enjoy sex more.

2. “We use birth control – he pulls out and I count my safe days.” Withdrawal is a notoriously unreliable form of birth control, and guessing safe versus unsafe days the way most teens do also rates as a non-method. Very few teens use the natural family planning method with proper calculation or restraint.

3. “Teens can’t get birth control.” Over the counter methods and prescription methods are available in most states to teens who take the responsibility of seeking them.

Whether or not your teen is sexually active, discuss these dangerous myths with him or her.

An expert in the field of adolescent behavior, Ms. McCoy has authored eleven books on the subject including the best selling “The Teenage Body Book”. Additionally she has written hundreds of articles for major national magazines. Coordinator of the Clinical Ph.D. Program at California School of Professional Psychology and Staff Counselor at the Center for Individual and Family Counseling in North Hollywood, California.

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