Teen Pregnancy & Parenting
For a teen
who has decided to take that BIG next step and become sexually
involved - pregnancy is a factor that you need to think about.
There are some methods that you can use in order to prevent pregnancy
once you start having sex (seeour section on contraception).
However, accidents do happen and you risk becoming pregnant every
time you have sex. It is important that you are informed in the
what's, where's, how's and when's of pregnancy.
Being a Single Teen Parent:
Not only is it difficult to be
a teen parent, but most teen parents end up being single
parents. There are many tips that single parents can use to
make sure that they remain happy and healthy and able to provide
good care to their kid.
Here is some common information on pregnancy and getting
As a general rule, sexual
intercourse (genital-to-genital penetration) between a guy
and a girl is necessary for pregnancy to occur. You can use forms
of birth control to reduce the risk of pregnancy by a lot, but
no form of birth control is 100% guaranteed. Abstinence
is the only way to avoid pregnancy.
The following activities could (theoretically) cause
* Intercourse (with or without protection)
* Any contact between the female genital area and male sperm or
sex (if any sperm makes contact with female genital area)
The following activities will not (ever) cause pregnancy:
* Holding hands
* Heavy petting or making out with clothing on
* Making out in a hot tub or swimming pool
* Oral sex
* Touching of genitals with hands
* Homosexual relations
* You cannot get pregnant from making out with your clothes on;
it is possible to get pregnant from making out while naked but
the chances of this happening are highly unlikely. **In
order for pregnancy to occur there must be contact between the
female genital area and male sperm and contact without penetration
is unlikely to result in pregnancy. However, any contact between
the female genital area and male sperm can, in theory, result
in pregnancy and should be handled with caution.
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