CollegeCandy’s Guide to Preventing Teen Pregnancy

For my 20th birthday last year all my friends congratulated me on surviving teen pregnancy. Although we had a little chuckle, teen pregnancy is a huge issue that is only getting worse. Honestly, with shows like I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant holding marathons every weekend I’m completely baffled as to why young girls are still getting knocked up. But they are. A lot.

Clearly these young ladies need a real lesson in Sex Ed, because whatever they’ve been taught is not sinking in. So being the baby fearing girls birth control experts that we are, CollegeCandy has put together a few rock-solid ideas to preventing teen pregnancy in this here country. If teachers and parents do things our way, teen pregnancy would be a thing of the past. And MTV would have a few time-slots to fill during the week.

1. Give them the facts.
This may seem obvious, but science has shown that teens have less of an ability to think things through and see future consequences, so it’s time to spell things out for them: Pregnancy sucks. You will get fat, you’ll act like a bitch-on-wheels, and those perky teenage boobs? Forget about them. Pregnancy can also wreak havoc on every part of your body: you’ll sprout hair in weird places, your skin will break out, your back will ache and it can even put stress on your heart and lungs. Oh, and forget about all those tasty snacks you love so much. You can’t have caffeine (which is in chocolate), nutra-sweet (see ya later, Diet Coke), un-cooked food (TTFN, sushi and lunch meat) or booze (which you shouldn’t be drinking anyway!) for 9 freaking months.

Did I mention you poop on the table when you give birth?

2. Show them their future.
If any of that doesn’t sink in, maybe it’s time to show pics of a woman’s body before and after pregnancy. I’m sure most girls would jump on a bowl of condoms if they saw all those stretch marks or realized they may never fit into their favorite skinny jeans again. On average, women should expect to gain at least 25 pounds during pregnancy, but most gain more (way more) than that, and those pounds are extremely difficult to lose when you’re taking care of a baby 24/7.

3. Give them a dose of reality.
Why not show a few episodes of Teen Mom? Watching Amber move into a dirty motel with her baby had us running to Costco for jumbo packs of Trojans.

4. Educate them.
Let’s stop with the abstinence-only education and give these girls some real information. It’s 2010 in AMERICA, for god’s sake. Even if you believe in the whole “save yourself for marriage” stuff, it’s time to arm our youth with the facts (and the condoms) so they can protect themselves.



  1. Mintii says:

    Teen Mom is sooo depressing. :( It makes my heart ache everytime I watch it. I had a few friends from high school who are following in this show's footsteps with their own difficulties as a young parent.

    Something I was asked before when ranting about teen pregnancy is, "What if those girls actually wanted a child?" Maybe there were quiet subconscious yearnings to have a baby, and by surprise their wishes were answered.

  2. Erich says:

    You should never have children or get married until you can financially support yourself.

  3. Star says:

    I think we all know that Erich. However stating that fact doesn't do anything to prevent pregnancy. That's what's wrong with high schools, and middle schools, today. They say "Don't have sex. Don't have kids" and leave it at that. We need education, NOT abstinence only. If you believe in that, fine. But you should teach children the facts. Don't worry, there are plenty of religious people just waiting to inform them about abstinence only so they definitely don't need to hear it at school too. Often, many girls do think they want a baby even if they're not trying to get pregnant. Then after they have it they realize how hard it actually is.

  4. Sam says:

    I definitely agree with Erich in an ideal world, although sadly it doesn't work out like that. Plus with pregnancy and babies being glamorized, it sure doesn't help.

    Things like the suggestions above really should be shown in high school, if not even earlier. It boggles my mind to hear of 6th graders having kids. Insane.

  5. kirsten says:

    I live in texas, and schools either teach abstenence or just skip over the whole sex ed completly. It shocks me everytime I hear a pregnate teen say "I didn't know about birth control". Schools should give a scientific lesson on it teaching kids of the consequences and ways to prevent pregnancy… then if the parent chooses, the parent themselves can teach abstenence at home.

  6. Marla says:

    The reason that teen pregnancy is on the rise isn't because these girls particularly WANT to have children (yes, there are some that do, and the media seems to grab hold of these stories and never let go in an attempt to boost ratings) but due to the lack of birth control. Teens know about birth control options, namely condoms, pills, and the morning-after pill, but have no way to get a hold of them. Even if they DO have a job (which quite a few don't), they're worried someone they know will see them if they try to buy condoms (which are FAR from fail-proof, I myself have experienced) or that their parents won't support their decision to obtain birth control pills since most states require parental permission to get them, not to mention buying them if the kid doesn't work.

    And yes, no one should have a baby whenever they can't support themselves financially, but actual PLANNED babies are quite uncommon, even for married couples. We shouldn't have to use "scare tactics" to convince girls not to get pregnant because really that works just about as well as the Abstinence programs. It's not just about TEACHING safe-sex practices, it's about making them AVAILABLE. And while shows like Teen Mom do show one side of the teen pregnancy where everything just falls apart, that's not even close to what happens whenever the girl has a loving family to start with. Yeah, it's a sucky situation to be put in as a parent, but if you love your child then you will help take care of them AND their baby as long as they need it. There are government programs in place to make sure that people, especially single moms, are able to get food, shelter, and medical care for both themselves and their child.

    Teen pregnancy wouldn't be such a problem if birth control was made available to minors, the embarrassment was removed from the whole situation so that teens could feel comfortable talking to their parents about sex, and if more information was given to teens who do become pregnant about government assistance and options they can take. But honestly, I don't think these changes are gonna happen for quite a long time :(

  7. Tamara says:

    Well, I come from a very different place. I'm from Argentina; not only is abortion illegal here, but poverty is so harsch people don't have the resources to know about or get some birth control. Some of the girls getting pregnant here don't even know what "being late" is (true story, heard many times). And even here, where thousands of girls under 19 (and even under 14) get pregnant every year, and another thousand die due to illegal abortions, people insist that sexual ed. is a "private matter". I'm sorry, but that is just unacceptable; you might not care if girls ruin their lives or simply die (after all, that's what they deserve, they have sinned, right?) but I believe everyone has the right to be informed and supplied, even kids born in catholic homes and sent to catholic schools. Right?

  8. ashley says:

    I don't understand how any teen girl can still be getting pregnant. Can anyone name one positive thing that will come with having a baby as a teen? Heck, even most girls in their 20s and just starting their careers aren't ready for a baby. It makes no sense why in 2010 girls are still having babies when they are not ready finanically, emotionally, etc to have a baby.

    If a girl insists on having premarital sex, why is using a condom so hard? Or birth control? Or both? don't have sex with a guy if he refuses to use a condom. It really is pretty simple. Why throw away your life for one minute of sex?

  9. Nina says:

    I know a girl that got married and had a baby at 14 (it's possible here, though not common). And although she "wanted" to do it, when i was 14 i wanted to have pink hair and 5 piercings. That is why you have minors. I thought i was pretty smart back then, but now I'm glad that there was someone else making all the big decisions for me.

  10. Angela - Rice Univer says:

    @ kirsten:

    I grew up in Texas, and I received comprehensive sex ed in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade.

  11. Star says:

    @Ashley – I think if you read Marla's comment it answers all your questions. I'd also like to add that accidents happen. Condoms break, birth control can still fail even with condoms, and many teenagers think it can't happen to them. That's a normal part of being a teen.

    And if you wonder why using birth control is so hard, birth control costs about $122 for a 3 month supply even if you have health insurance. I would know, I'm on it for medical reasons and that's just the generic brand. It's not even the fancy kind. Also birth control has health risks. My mom almost died after taking it for a year because her blood pressure shot up out of nowhere and she was at an extremely high risk for a stroke.

    It's so easy to blame other people without thinking about their situations. Everyone's made a mistake or had something unexpected happen. We've all been in bad relationships or given in to pressure to have sex or made some sort of bad choice, even if it wasn't related to sex. Compassion and understanding is the only way to deal with the situation, not judging.

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  13. Asia says:

    @Angela and kirsten

    I also grew up in Texas (yay/boo Houston!) I unfortunately was absent on that special sex talk for the girls in 6th grade science class, but I knew what they were gonna say anyways. I did that special research myself (Pro-Encyclopedia Sets for appropriately aged children!!!!!!). My mom taught me self sufficiency in the art of learning. How to ask questions where questions need to be ask, and how to make good decisions based on facts.

    This whole sex ed thing needs to follow a trend that public education itself needs to follow: having kids taught at home as well as in the classroom. It's both up to the parent's and educators to get the facts across and make contraceptives and birth control available to the children.

    Not saying give condoms and pills to 6 year olds, but I think teaching 5th grade and onward is a good start.

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  15. Tilly Holmes says:

    my sister had a hard time getting pregnant because she has this abnormality in her uterus.";-

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