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New Study: Four in Ten Teenage Girls are Sexually Active

 
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More teens had used withdrawal, a method estimated to prevent pregnancy only about 70 percent of the time on average, according to the Planned Parenthood website, than a hormonal form of contraception. (As an aside, emergency contraception, or "the morning after pill" is available over the counter without a prescription to teens 17 and older, but basic birth control pills are not.)

The paper also outlines that teenage girls are almost twice as likely to give birth before age 20 if they had not used contraception with their first sexual intercourse experience.

To read more about the CDC's latest report and educate yourself (and hopefully, the young women in your life) about the current state of affairs, please go to: www.cdc.gov/nchs and click on the "More Than 4 in 10 Teens Have Had Sex, New Report Shows" link under "What's New!"

SOURCES:
1. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
2. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/withdrawal-pull-out-method-4218.htm

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