How Much Do You Really Know About Birth Control?

I read an article in this month’s Self magazine that really shocked me about the rising number of single women in their 20s getting pregnant. Here are a few of the statistics:

  • 4 in 10 of the 1.1 million annual unplanned pregnancies to single twentysomethings occur to women with at least some college education, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

When Self magazine polled 2,282 unmarried men and women ages 18 to 29 they found:

  • 1 in 4 women said “it would be no big deal” if they were to get pregnant or “if it happens, it happens.”
  • 54% of sexually active (but not monogamous) singles polled don’t use birth control every time.
  • 50% of the respondents cannot name when a woman is most likely to get pregnant in her monthly cycle.
  • 64% of women do not know emergency contraception is now sold without a prescription (Plan B).
  • Only 1 in 20 accidental pregnancies is due to failure of properly used contraceptives, according to Guttmacher research; most couples either misuse or don’t use their birth control.
  • 23% of women falsely believe that taking birth control pills raises the risk for all cancers.
  • 1 in 4 respondents says the topic of birth control is too embarrassing to talk about. (Really? I found this one most shocking.)

I understand that sometimes there are mistakes, and we all have lapses in judgment. My hope is that by repurposing these statistics, it will be a fresh reminder to us all the importance of sexual responsibility.

Do you really know as much as you think you do about birth control methods and sexual health? Take the same survey as the respondents.

Goals Update:
I accomplished all three of my most important things today:

  • I worked on my Cat Fancy freelance article.
  • I exercised.
  • I made a healthy meal plan for the week.

Tomorrow’s 3 Most Important Things:

  • Work more on my Cat Fancy freelance article.
  • Go to weightlifting class.
  • Call an out-of-town friend back I didn’t get in touch with today.
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