Kim Kardashian's 'Shocking' Teen Birth Control Confession Shows Her Responsible Side

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Kim KardashianKim Kardashian isn't exactly known for keeping things under wraps, but even she was unusually forthcoming in a recent interview on Oprah's Next Chapter. She discussed the appeal of her family's reality show ("I don't think it would've happened if we were all skinny pretty models [...] I think it has to do with us, the curves, the dark hair"), her failed marriage to Kris Humphries ("When we moved in together, I saw how our relationship was ... I don't want to get into the small things, but once we moved in, I knew he was not the one"), and even her infamous sex tape ("You know, I think that's how I was definitely introduced to the world").

The confession that's been getting the most buzz, though, was that Kim started using birth control at 14 years old -- with her mother Kris Jenner's full blessing.

Some might find this information to be shocking, but I think this was one of the most positive and responsible revelations Kim Kardashian could have possibly shared.

Teen pregnancy rates have been dropping dramatically in recent years, having reached an all time low in 2010 of 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19. As for what's behind the decrease in teen moms, the CDC claims the effective use at prevention messages has helped -- simply put, more teens are using contraception these days.

I'm sure there are lots of people who think Kim Kardashian should have been practicing abstinence when she was "almost 15," but personally, I believe her decision to talk with her mom -- and her mom's choice to help her -- was incredibly healthy and smart.

Kim was young, but she'd had the same boyfriend for two years, and had decided, right or wrong, that she wanted to lose her virginity with him. Instead of just going ahead and doing so with no thought for repercussions, she went to her mother for help:

I was like, "I think I’m going to, or I want to," and she was like, "OK, so this is what we’re gonna do, we’re gonna put you on birth control," and she was like, really open and honest with me.

Liberal use of the, like, language that, like, totally makes it sound as if she's still, like, 14 today aside, I have to give Kim major props for talking about this in such a public fashion. She's certainly going to earn a bunch of backlash about how she's a huge slut or whatever, but if more teenagers had this kind of relationship with their parents, we'd surely see even lower teen pregnancy rates.

Some kids are just going to choose to have sex, and there's no point in pretending that teaching abstinence will change that. With teen pregnancy costing an estimated $10.9 billion annually and reducing the mother's chance at getting her high school diploma to just 50 percent, unplanned pregnancies for young people is still a major issue in our country. (There are nine times more teen moms in the U.S. than other developed countries.)

I say Kudos to Kim K. for her honesty -- and I'd even go so far as to say bravery. I'm never going to be a fan of the Kardashian juggernaut, but I'm impressed with the things she said in this interview. (If not, like, necessarily the way she, you know, said them.)

What do you think about Kim Kardashian's birth control confession? Do you think she and her mom made a responsible decision?

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nonmember avatar Michelle

I've got to be honest, my daughter is only 3 but I realize this conversation in our relationship is inevitable. However, even though at 14 I was TERRIFIED of getting pregnant, much less having sex, I can't stick my head in the sand and pretend she will go down this same path. I truly hope that by the time she gets to that age we can openly talk about it, as like you said--regardless of what we teach them and guide them to do, they are going to go out and do what they want to. I don't see this as a liberal reaction, I see this as a responsible reaction. This may be the only time I praise the Kardashians for ANYTHING!

nonmember avatar HS

Very responsible! I'd be upset if my daughter was 14 and wanting to have sex, but just having that sort of r'ship that she felt completely comfortable coming to me about it would be a blessing. I have a 3 year old son and I can only hope our r'ship continues to develop in such a way that he feels he can trust me with anything. I've always been a bit envious of the Kardashian family and how open their r'ship is with each other. I grew up with the opposite of that. It's part of the reason I'm not a Kardashian basher (even though I have no interest in watching their show lol).

linzemae linzemae

I think people forget when you are 14 your body is usually ready for sex. Should you act on that impulse? probably not. Are you prepared mentally for what sex can bring? Probably not. I think It's great she asked her mom.

nonmember avatar Sarah

Yes, I see all the 'good' things about the fact that she talked to her mom. HOWEVER, by her mom saying let's go get birth control pills she just closed her eyes and said "go for it" maybe she should have added 'the more the merrier' (based on her performance since then, that's what seems to have happened). What about a serious discussion regarding what sex, love, life, her future, etc all entails? What about pointing out that condoms are available and making sure that she knows how to use them. Talk about why she wouldn't want to have sex without them. How about, 'While it's your first time, it may not be your boyfriends first time, no matter what he says, and the pill won't prevent sexual diseases if he has any.' All that plus the extra time/slowdown by applying a condom, her thoughts if he turned it down. No, just getting her the pill and saying have a good time isn't the answer to a 14 (or even a 16 or 17) year old girl in my mind.

nonmember avatar Becky Root

Totally agree, junior high kids should know the biology of how parts work. But high school kids should get the practical application talk. Our country would be a better place if parents had the courage to have a realistic and non-judging discussion about birth control with their high school aged daughters and sons. They aren't going to use much geometry or civics in their life at 14, but they are taught it prepare for adulthood.

Smerk... Smerkalot

I completely agree with the first poster... while I myself wasn't ready for sex at 14, and the thought quite frankly terrified me - I had many friends that were sexually active, and had been for quite some time.  While the saying 'the company that you keep' is usually a good indicator of what your child is up to, not always; so it's always good to have the best possible open and honest line of communication with your child so that when they do have questions, or that when they ARE ready, they'll be prepared.  My mother was fantastic from an early age at talking to us and I intend to do the same with my children... that's just something you can't chance... liberal or conservative.  Birth control is a wonderful invention!

nonmember avatar Megan

Birth control pills (only while on them) have caused all the women in my family to have depression, bi-polar, weight gain, and cycsts. A few ended up with serious clots. Sometimes the pill is not the most responsible thing to feed your 14 year old growing girl who wants sex. I hope they come up with better, more healthy and reliable means of BC soon, that aren't so damaging to women's physical and emotional health but are still beneficial to their chosen lifestyle.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I started BC when I was 12..right around the time I started my period. Obviously at the time it was for medical purposes but I kept on it and I'm glad my mother showed me that path. I intend on taking a similar approach with my daughter when the time comes.

Kediset Kediset

when I was 14... guys to me were just play mates and nothing more. or maybe I'd like to think I was oblivious that late in the years to the bf/gf/sex thing, but at least at that age it was probably the furthest thing from my mind. now I'm far too aware of all that... lol

Harleigh Marie Karshner

I had periods that were crazy (and still do because now I'm ttc) where I wouldn't have it for 6 months and then i'd bleed for 6 weeks. I don't care how old my daughter is when the time comes, if she wants birth control I'll get her set up with it because at least she's being responsible.

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