The Rhythm Is Going To Get You. Not In A Good Way.
Scary study that was just released regarding teens and sex. Let’s take a look at the results, shall we:
– 40% of kids between 15 and 19 have had sex.
– 14% of teenage females would be pleased with being pregnant at that age.
– 18% of male teens would be happy to be a dad then.
– 70% of females and 64% of males believe that unmarried parenting is A-Okay!
But, scariest of all:
– 17% of teens say they use the goddamn rhythm method as a form of birth control.
The “rhythm method,” if you need a refresher, is where you take out a calendar, mark off the days where you’re pretty sure a woman is ovulating during, and then bang her during the days when she is not, and then “finishing” in her. It is, as you’d expect, not exactly effective:
“That was pretty much a surprise,” said Joyce Abma, lead author of the study and a demographer with the center. “The rhythm method is associated with a pretty high failure rate – on average, 25 percent of women will become pregnant during the first year of using that method. It’s not a welcome development, especially in combination with the fact that overall, contraceptive use hasn’t changed significantly from the last survey.”
If that’s not enough to get you kids (or adults even, who this post is more directed to) to stop using the damn rhythm method and put on a condom, I don’t know what will. Hell, even the withdrawal method only has a 4% failure rate as long as you do it right. (Note: Rarely anyone does it right, and when they don’t, the failure rate shoots up to 27% according this informational page by Planned Parenthood.)
So, in conclusion, enough about this rhythm method nonsense. Yes, it feels good. Great. But you know what doesn’t feel good? Having a baby to take care of by the time you turn 16 years old.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.