Here are some very frightening statistics:
-Among people who are in sexually active relationships and want to prevent pregnancy, 19% use no contraception at all. 24% use contraception inconsistently.
-42% of men and 40% of women believe that your chances of getting pregnant within one year while on the birth control pill are 50% or greater (the pill is actually about 92% effective with typical use).
-18% of men believe you can reduce the risk of pregnancy if you have sex standing up.
-24% of American singles believe that using two condoms is more effective than using one.
-25% of young men believe that douching after sex can prevent pregnancy.
-29% of men and 32% of women reported knowing “little or nothing about condoms.” 78% of men and 45% of women said the same about birth control pills.
And 90% believe they have all the knowledge they need to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
American singles think we know a lot about pregnancy prevention, but in reality we not only know very little, but we also have a lot of totally bad information that we happily act on (the Fox News-ification of sex, if you will). So thanks, abstinence-focused American sex education system, which teaches us that birth control doesn’t really work and that condoms are kind of useless. And thanks, lack of universal health care, for making sure that young people aren’t able to actually go to the doctor to get the information and preganancy-prevention tools they need. But uh, glad to know that people are gettin’ to it in positions other than missionary I guess.
- Anti-Choicers Defeat Birth Control Bill in South Dakota by Jill February 11, 2008
- Leslee Unruh Eats Babies by Jill May 28, 2007
- On contraception, and why those snotty-nosed college punks don’t deserve it by Cara November 24, 2007
- The Battle Over Birth Control by Lauren May 3, 2005
- I don’t think that’s what they meant by “barrier method” by Jill April 14, 2006