Pregnancy is not always a planned event. If married, educated, and prepared, a pregnancy can be a woman’s most memorable event. In contrast, unplanned pregnancies can have long-term negative effects. And today, teen pregnancy is quite prevalent. The United States has recorded some of the highest teenage
pregnancy rates, compared to other developed countries, though the numbers have steadily decreased. Nonetheless, the numbers can be decreased farther by using protection, making informed decisions, and, of course, by abstaining from sexual intercourse altogether.
The latter option isn’t as popular as others, but is definitely the most effective. Abstinence is the only guaranteed method of prevention.The choice to abstain from sex is a difficult one, especially in a society, where sexual intercourse is part of every day. One way to maintain abstinence is by surrounding one’s self with positive mentors and friends, who support your decision to refrain from sex until older, even if it’s not a choice they’ve made themselves. Support systems are great in battling problems—all kinds.
Although abstinence is the surefire method of avoiding pregnancy, using protection is another effective method. If the decision is made to have sexual intercourse, preventive measures like condoms, birth control pills, and other contraceptives should be sought. There is no shame in looking for these things, if you’ve made the decision to have sex.