Stupid. Dumb. Uninformed. That’s what some experts think you are when it comes to sex. I can see your eye-roll now. Don’t think I can’t. But really, how much do you know about sex? If one survey is any indication, not much.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy called over 1,000 teens (and another 1,000+ adults) and their findings were pretty worrisome. A whopping 42% of teens they surveyed think that “it doesn’t matter whether you use birth control or not, when it is your time to get pregnant, it will happen.” Uh, really? It’s not like Storkzilla swoops down from a tree and VOILA–you’re pregnant! There are things like condoms and birth control pills that are scientifically proven to prevent pregnancy, people!
Anyway, this apparent widespread belief in Storkzilla is freaking us out, guys. While we have no idea about anyone the the campaign called other than their age range, it’s not a good sign that so many participants were so passive about their sexual health. Chances are if you use birth control correctly and responsibly, you won’t get pregnant. “Your time to get pregnant” will come a lot sooner if you ignore precautions like contraceptives and condoms. You guys are smarter than this!
As a matter of fact, most of the respondents even admitted themselves that they’re smarter than that: 86% of those surveyed said they had all the info necessary to prevent an unplanned pregnancy (that’s what we love to hear!). The bad news? Way more than half of the same group said they know next to nothing about how to use male condoms, which are a huge (or magnum sized, if you will) weapon in your arsenal of STD and pregnancy prevention tools. Those numbers do not add up, ladies–and may explain why the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world.
A silver lining? Despite these findings, teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. are the lowest they’ve been since 1940 (good job, girls). But this survey suggests that a whole lot of work still needs to be done before a lot of us know about sex as much as we think we do.
Do you have sex ed in your school? How much do you think you know about sex? Do you think you and your friends need to know more about sex? Tell us in the comments!