1-In-5 Sexually Active Teens Have Used The Morning-After Pill

A survey from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that teen use of the morning-after pill has risen from 1-in-12 a decade ago to 1-in-5 today. There wasn’t much change in teen girls’ use of other forms of contraception. Almost all teenaged girls who reported being sexually active said they’ve used condoms at least once.

The total portion of teenagers who report being sexually active is lower than it was 30 years ago, at 51 percent of girls and 60 percent of boys in 1988 as compared to 47 and 44 percent, respectively, today – but is up from 2010. Other interesting data from the survey includes the fact that teenagers are more likely to use contraception the older they get; condom use has risen steadily over the last decade; use of the pill and the patch are down; and teen girls who use contraception the very first time they have sex are less likely to become pregnant and have a birth than those who do not.

As far as the morning-after pill, the drastic increase in teen use probably has a lot to do with its accessibility – age restrictions for buying the pill were banned two years ago. The more ideal situation would be if teens would consistently have sex with contraceptive devices, but hey, fewer unexpected teen pregnancies is better than more, right? And, after all, the rate of teen pregnancy has dropped dramatically in the U.S. in the last 20 years.

[CDC (1), (2)]

[TIME]

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