Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Essay

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Are controversial concerns about the birth control pill really a problem? Allowing teenagers to use the birth control pill has been a controversial subject for parents, teachers, and teenagers for a wide range of reasons. The vast majority of teenage pregnancies, "more than four out of five", are unplanned ("Unintended Pregnancy Prevention"). Whether teenagers believe in common myths that they can't get pregnant the first time having sex or they truly believe nothing like this could ever happen to them, it happens to approximately seven hundred and fifty thousand teenagers in the United States each year. Although the birth control pill may not completely put an end to teenage pregnancies, it will decrease pregnancy rates among …show more content…
In fact, these health risks are substantially lower than the health concerns of teenage births for both the mother and the baby. In "Teen Pregnancy and Health Risk to the Baby," Stanley J. Swierzewski, M.D. explains that:
Teenage mothers are less likely to gain adequate weight during their pregnancy, leading to low birthweight. Low birthweight is associated with several infant and childhood disorders and a higher rate of infant mortality. Low-birthweight babies are more likely to have organs that are not fully developed, which can result in complications, such as bleeding in the brain, respiratory distress syndrome, and intestinal problems.
As for teenage mothers, they are more likely to develop pre-eclampsia, which occurs when high blood pressure combines with excess protein in the urine which can sometimes cause swelling of the mother's hands and face and even organ damage. In addition to avoiding the risks that come with teenage pregnancies, the birth control pill is often used to lower the risks of both endometrial and ovarian cancer, clear skin and regulate hormones and menstrual cycles. In fact, according to Rachel Jones, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate at The Alan Guttmacher Institute, "fourteen percent of birth control pill users - more than one and a half million women - rely on the method for non-contraceptive purposes". Although the birth control pill may not be the best option for a few number of individuals, in which
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