The Consequences Of Unintended Pregnancy

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A growing number of young adults are routinely engaging in unprotected sexual activity, which frequently leads to serious health outcomes and safety concerns. To resolve this on-going issue of risky sexual behaviors, programs are beginning to be implemented in schools to provide adolescents with information on how to be safe, unsafe sex consequences, and how to reduce risks for STIs and unintended pregnancies.


Unprotected sex is defined as having vaginal, anal, or oral sex without using a condom (AVERT). Unprotected sex is becoming an increasingly common health concern and often times leads to serious consequences such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. Male latex condoms are currently the only
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This affects individuals because sexually transmitted infections are not only harmful to the body, but can cause emotional feelings of guilt and embarrassment that may prevent people from receiving the correct treatment needed.

Unintended pregnancies have are associated with adverse maternal and child health outcomes such as delayed prenatal care, premature birth, and negative physical and mental health effects for children. In 2010, public expenditures for unintended pregnancies nationwide was approximately $21.0 billion (Guttmacher). Many of these unintended pregnancies result in abortion or create a much bigger problem for families who are living in poverty. Unintended pregnancies create financial problems in a community and undesirable circumstances for the woman who is childbearing. (Our Sexuality, p. 26).

Unprotected sex is an increasing problem around the world and concerns a vast majority of young people in today’s society. Unprotected sex ultimately leads to sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies, both of which put a burden on both partner’s lives. To decrease the amount of STIs and unintended pregnancies, adolescents need to be educated in schools about the health outcomes of risky sexual behavior.


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