Blog | teen pregnancy
- Posted on 05/07/2014 by Rachel1016
Did you know that nearly 3 in 10 girls in the United States will get pregnant at least once while they're still a teenager? Did you know that less than 50% of teen mothers ever graduate from high school?
Sure, there's some tough stuff about being a teen that can be hard to avoid (we're looking at you, acne), but teen pregnancy is not one of them. In honor of National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, TeenNick is teaming up with StayTeen.org to raise awareness about the realities of too-early pregnancy. At the end of the day, you and only you can make smart decisions, but we want to help you become informed about sex, relationships, contraception, and the difficult responsibilities that come with teen pregnancy and parenting.
Head over to StayTeen.org to read up on statistics, and you'll be surprised to learn just how much having a baby before you're ready can affect your school life, your relationships, and your future. For example, did you know that unplanned parenthood is the leading reason why teens drop out of school? Or that more than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager?
And how's this for in-your-face fact: A couple who has unprotected sex (doesn't use condoms or any other kind of contraception, such as birth control) has an 85% chance of getting pregnant within a year. Whoa.
Check out all of the helpful resources offered by Stayteen.org, and then take this quiz to see how you'd handle tough decisions about sex before you have to make them.
There are so many AMAZING things about being a teen. Whether it's making the varsity soccer team or carefully planning your route to English class so you'll pass that cute junior in the hallway OR spending your Friday night recreating a Britney Spears music video, who would want to give that up? Keep that future in your own hands, because it's a bright one.
Stay silly. Stay happy. Stay teen!
All statistics provided by StayTeen.org.
- Posted on 05/01/2013 by TeenNick
Here's an in-your-face fact: About 2,000 teen girls in the United States get pregnant every day. That means nearly 3 in 10 girls will become pregnant at least once by the age of 20. Eye opening, right?
Degrassi fans know the show has always dealt with real issues in a frank and thoughtful manner. There's a cause and effect for all life choices, and the choices made around sex can change lives forever. In honor of National Day, tune in to TeenNick today starting at 4PM ET for a block of Degrassi episodes that show how different characters handle the consequences of sex.Watch Degrassi Online.
Can't tune-in on Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day? Check out the related episodes, "Extraordinary Machine" and "Say It Ain't So," here.
Sex can have serious consequences, whether you get pregnant or not. For Jenna and K.C., the repercussions included an unplanned pregnancy and the mental anguish of deciding whether or not to choose adoption. Watch "Extraordinary Machine" to see how they both struggled with that choice.
For Alli and Dave, the consequences were stressful in a different way. In "Say It Ain't So," when Alli was offered a chance to enroll early at M.I.T., she didn't know if she was ready to leave Degrassi (and Dave) behind. That decision became a thousand times harder after she and Dave had unprotected sex, and Alli realized she might be pregnant.
Let's Talk about Safe Sex.
Think you'd make smarter choices about sex than Jenna, K.C., Alli, and Dave did? Test your sex smarts with this quiz at StayTeen.org. Answer questions about how you'd react in different situations, and the quiz rates your decision-making abilities.
- Posted on 07/26/2012 by Lisa
An unplanned pregnancy is hard for anyone, but it couldn't come at a worse time for Alli -- she was just offered a scholarship to MIT.
I feel like so many people think teen pregnancies only happen when people don't use birth control, but this Dave/Alli storyline is a reminder that while half of all unplanned pregnancies happen because couples don't use any contraception at all; the other half happen to couples who say they are using some sort of birth control, they're just not using it very well. If you're ready for sex you also have to be ready for all the consequences too. Getting on birth control is the first step, but you have to remember to use it RIGHT. Alli is a seriously smart girl, but she's also really busy... it's not surprising that she'd forget to take a pill or two.
According to StayTeen.org, about 730,000 teen girls in the U.S. get pregnant each year -- and most of them didn't mean to. The only foolproof way to prevent pregnancy is to not have sex at all.
Birth control only works you use it carefully and correctly, every single time. You can't just "sort of" use protection. The good news is that there is a method out there that's right for everyone. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about birth control from StayTeen.org.
In a survey of 12th grade girls, two-thirds (66%) who are sexually active and use contraception say they do so because they don't want to disappoint their parents by getting pregnant. I get that Alli was afraid of disappointing her parents, but I couldn't believe that she told her mom the pregnancy test was Jenna's. That's a pretty terrible thing to do to a friend, especially since Jenna has been there for Alli during all of this. I hope that in tonight's episode, Alli decides to tell her mother the truth. I feel like she owes that to Jenna.
Do you think Alli and Dave will stay a couple if there's a baby in the picture? Dave seems like he wants to be there for Alli no matter what, but if he stays, he's the exception: 8 out of 10 dads don't marry the teenage mothers of their babies.
What's next for Alli? Watch the first scene of tonight's episode now, and see the rest at 10pm et.
- Posted on 05/02/2012 by Lisa
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Did you know that more than 2,000 teen girls in the United States get pregnant every day? Check out this PSA from StayTeen.org -- and stay a teen as long as you can.
That video makes me SO HAPPY that it's Spring!
If you think you know all there is to know about preventing teen pregnancy (or you just want an excuse to think about sex for a few minutes!), take this quiz on StayTeen.org:
- Posted on 05/04/2011 by Mary
If you didn't already hear, today's the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. I know, every day should be the Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, but today's the day we make SURE we talk about it.
On TeenNick, we're showing the episodes of Degrassi where Jenna, KC, Liberty, and JT faced those terrifying little pink lines: positive pregnancy tests.
JT, Liberty, Jenna, and KC are some of the Degrassi characters who have faced teen pregnancy
One thing we've learned on Degrassi (or maybe you've learned it just by looking around at your high school) is that teen pregnancy isn't caused by being "a certain kind of person."
Liberty and Jenna are pretty different characters -- the responsible, brainiac, "innocent" student council-er vs. the singing cheerleader who encouraged her boyfriend to cheat on his math test.
And JT and KC have some major differences too (even if they both went by initials) -- the slightly dorky, happy-go-lucky jokester vs. the emotionally tortured, all-star jock with a brain.
But they all have one major thing in common: they faced an unplanned pregnancy.
Over on the StayTeen.org website, they've got a "Myth Monsters" game to help you bust through the myths surrounding teen sex, birth control, and pregnancy. Or if you don't feel like going through the whole game, you can just check out their list of common myths like "Everyone is doing it" and "You can't get pregnant if..."
To that list of myths, I just want to add...
MYTH: "Only bad/bratty/boyfriend-stealer/promiscuous girls get pregnant."
Pregnancy is a result of sex, not of "goodness" or "badness". Anyone who has unprotected or poorly protected sex can end up facing the same life-changing problem.
- Posted on 04/02/2010 by Mary
Holly J said, "Sav's grown up enough to have sex; he's grown up enough to tell his parents he has a girlfriend."
True that, and furthermore... if Sav and Anya are grown up enough to have sex, they're BOTH grown up enough to have made a much more thorough, concrete plan for how they were going to prevent a pregnancy -- a pregnancy that would deeply affect both of their lives -- instead of, like, a two sentence conversation two seconds before it happened.
As they say at stayteen.org," Teen pregnancy is 100% preventable. (Unless it's the result of sexual violence.) What else can you say that about? Either don't have sex at all, or use protection every single time."