Teen Girls Are More Clueless About Sex Than We Thought

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pregnancy testLet's play a game. Ready? It's called "Guess the Year."

Here we go: In what year did one-third of teen moms surveyed say they didn't use birth control because they "didn't believe they could get pregnant"? Was it ...

a. 1952

b. 1928

c. 2012

The answer is: C! 2012.

Not what you were expecting, eh? Yeah, me neither. But them's the facts, according to a recent government study.

My immediate reaction to this news, as a former teen girl who's now the adult mother of a tween daughter was, predictably, WHY? Why did these girls think they couldn't get pregnant?

Frustratingly, the CDC didn't ask that question when they conducted the survey. Which leaves the rest of us wondering ... who dropped the sex ed ball here?

I guess it's easy to assume, as a parent, that your kids are somewhat savvy about these matters. Nowadays, that is. I mean, everybody stopped believing in those ancient "you can't get pregnant if" myths (if you have sex during your period, if you have sex in a pool, if you jump up and down afterwards, etc.) well before I was in high school. We live in a time when there are commercials for birth control pills in the middle of the afternoon and ads for Plan B in magazines. 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom are on TV. This stuff isn't a mystery anymore. Is it suddenly cool to believe in The Stork or something?

It doesn't make sense, but I guess that doesn't matter. What matters is this: For some reason girls aren't getting the facts about safe sex, and it's our job as parents to make sure they do.

Does it surprise you that so many teen moms didn't know they could get pregnant?

 

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