Skip navigation! Story from Sex. According to the CDC, more than half of American teenagers have had sex by the time they turn It's common and normal for high school students to have sex , though it's also normal for students to wait until they're a little older, too — the average age for the first time having sex is 17, which means that plenty of people are waiting until after they graduate. While it's normal for teens to have sex, not all parents are happy about it. If your parents believe you need to wait until adulthood, or if they practice a religion that condemns premarital sex , you may be understandably reluctant to ask them for advice on the subject.
Given that reality, it is crucial that we provide all youth with the information and tools they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Giving teens easier access to various contraceptives does not lead to more sex, but does result in fewer unintended pregnancies. I encourage parents to think about using a discussion about contraception as an opportunity to have an authentic conversation about sex. As a pediatrician who specializes in taking care of adolescents, I am keenly aware of the negative consequences for young people when it comes to restrictions on contraceptive access. Over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives is one approach that can reduce barriers to access and should be available for those of all ages who wish to use them.
It releases hormones through the skin into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. Hormones are chemical substances that control the functioning of the body's organs. If an egg isn't released, a girl can't get pregnant because there's nothing for a guy's sperm to fertilize. The hormones in the patch also thicken the mucus produced in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to enter and reach any eggs that may have been released. The hormones can also sometimes affect the lining of the uterus so that if the egg is fertilized it will have a hard time attaching to the wall of the uterus.
Political protesters may shout and hold signs telling the U. Under Republican President Donald Trump, birth control accessibility and affordability has been threatened. The Obama administration wanted to make birth control available more broadly. The Trump administration is shifting the decision about [birth control access] back into the hands of employers. As a result, how people obtain and what they pay for birth control depends on their insurance coverage or lack thereof , their finances, and what they learn about their options either from a healthcare provider or another source.