Why Are We Risking Pregnancy?

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September 13, 2011

Woops, you forgot to take your birth control pill at 8 a.m. No big deal, right? Except that you forgot the day before, too. Or maybe you didn't use a condom last night, and you're not on any kind of pill. It's fine. You've avoided getting knocked up before, and you've done it without a condom plenty of times.

Sound familiar? This nonchalant attitude toward birth control and pregnancy risk is beginning to run rampant with young women. We all have our moments of laziness, but when it comes to potentially becoming a mother, why do we let things slide?

A recent Glamour article investigated this issue, begging the question: Why are young women so lax in their birth control efforts despite the very serious, life-changing nature of becoming pregnant and having a baby?

According to the article, about half of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, with three quarters of those pregnancies being in women under the age of 30. And it's getting worse, as the number of unmarried women who had sex in the last three months with no form of contraception increased 36 percent between 1995 and 2008.

With all of the birth control methods available to young women and men, why are these numbers so high?


Natalie Moya | ChaCha Women's Health