Teenagers and parent permission to obtain birth control information
Our society has been puzzled by the issue of birth control for many years. When young people begin to use it, it results to a bigger debate. Due to this, the society has to understand the problem and deal with it accordingly. It is better to prevent the problem of teenage pregnancy than try to deal with it after the damage is already done. Teenagers will have sex whether or not it’s right for them to do so. In accordance to this, it is therefore appropriate that they are equipped with knowledge on birth control and methods of having safe sex and this is where parental guidance is required so as to enhance the right decision making among the teenagers. (Lopez 58)
In spite of the discussions made by health-care organizations, teenage pregnancy percentage continues to rise. ‘It is estimated that 90% of teens between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant every year and most of them get it by accident for they did not plan for it’ (McMahon 89). Teenagers, who are less likely to be drawn in careless affairs, are more likely to variably or inaccurately use contraceptives. There is a higher percentage rate of adolescent contraceptive use, but a small number has been rated with regular outcome. Some of the obstacles that are preventing the teenagers’ access to contraceptives have been identified. The shame of purchasing condoms and the apprehension of adults’ verdict are great deterrents for young people. Inadequacy of information by our teenagers leads them in negative consequences to their lives. Therefore, parental guidance plays a major role in eradicating teenage pregnancy. (Dendy 93)
A family discussion about sexuality is an essential factor that affects teenager pregnancy rates. It is embarrassing to say that most teenagers learn about sex from school associates, the media but not their parents. Mothers are the most important persons supposed to talk to there children about sex. The family unit plays a major role in the influence of adolescent contraceptive use. Lower rates of female teenagers have had talks with their parents about pregnancy occurrence and also about contraceptives or STDs. Most of the teens feel that they have inadequate information about sexual matters. It is the duty of the parents to equip their children with adequate knowledge on sexual information and this enables proper usage of these contraceptives, thus eradicating incidences of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. (Wattleton and Keiffer 99)
Consistent use of contraceptives has become a problem among adolescents. ‘An estimate of about 20% of the teens in the United States has resulted in unwanted pregnancies due to inconsistent usage of contraceptives’. (Lopez 90). Most teenagers prefer the oral contraceptive method but according to statistics the teenagers have an irregular cycle in the use of these pills. Statistics state that clinical attendance among the youth is at a lower rate and there are fluctuations in these visits. Clinical discipline is not adhered to among the youth. Having frequent discussions by parents with their teenagers will enable the teenagers to have the consistency in use with the contraceptives because the parents will provide the necessary funds for this pills thus minimizing incidences of teenage pregnancy. Inconsistency in taking these contraceptives can have physical side effects, like inter-menstrual bleeding which is a major effect among our female adolescent, informational gaps, such as poor reading or comprehension of both written and verbal directives about the use of oral contraceptives. Teenagers shying off from their parents about birth control information will only result to ruin since the teenagers will not have access to the necessary funds for buying contraceptives. (McMahon 102)
Encouraging sexual decision-making by parents to the teenagers is one of the most effective contraceptive counseling. Abstinence is known to be the most efficient way of birth control. Delayed practice of sexual activity amongst the teenagers’ results to superior bodily arousment resulting in negative health outcomes among the teens therefore proving it difficult for the teens to abstain. A number of the teenagers who try to abstain get pregnant within one year. Parents should not preach to their teens on abstinence alone but they should also inform their children on contraceptives and safer sexual practices. Moreover, they should support teens in their decision to abstain, but also give them information regarding contraceptives and safer sexual practices before they choose to grow to be sexually active. (Dendy 102)
On the other hand, if we put barriers in the way of teenagers such as parental permission on birth control, we will be endangering our teens because they will go ahead and have unprotected sex which may result to contracting diseases such as STDs, gonorrhea, AIDs, just to mention but a few. Teenagers have a problem in seeking parental consent because their parents become so harsh that they don’t want to listen to their query instead they talk about abstinence. Most of the teenagers are turned down in the shops when they attempt to purchase condoms resulting to them having unprotected sex without thinking of the outcome results. Brutality of the parents to their teenagers has created a gap between them and their teens thus discouraging the teens to seek parental consent on contraceptives even though they are sexually active. Confidentiality can be a determining factor for teens deciding whether or not to seek contraceptive protection. (Wattleton and Keiffer 106)
The positive side lies on obtaining parental advice by the teenagers in order to prevent incidences such as early pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases in our society. Our teenagers need proper guidance in the use of contraceptives in order to avoid irregularities and negative effects subjected by these contraceptives. Confidentiality by the teenagers will not help them instead disaster may strike in their lives leading to decline in productivity in the society as a whole. In order to eradicate these negative incidences in the society, team work should be enhanced between the parents and the teenagers.
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