Teens have sex without protection, warns expert. The situation is a factor in that half of teen pregnancies are not planned
Although there is now more widespread use of contraception and the fertility rate has declined, “there are high rates of unprotected sex,” said Catherine Menkes Bancet, researcher at the Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research of the UNAM.
Overconfidence among young people, he said, influences unplanned pregnancies, as 30 percent of women aged 15 to 24 who belong to the socio-economic strata “very low” had a teenage pregnancy.
The teen pregnancy rate decreases to 23% in the level considered “low”, which owns 43% of Mexican women.
The researcher compared these data with those obtained between the upper and middle classes, where the teen pregnancy rate reduced to 4% and 10% respectively.
The expert said that many phenomena that converge to this situation. Among them, says a new study showing that about 80 percent of pregnant adolescents had left school.
“Most are women who, generally speaking, have few opportunities for personal development or prolonged schooling,” he said.
Menkes concluded that young Mexican women, especially those with low incomes, are in the maternity ward an alternative lifestyle and therefore suggested this segment offer professional development opportunities and gender, not to be valued only by the fact that mothers .
The researcher highlighted the “gender relations” as another conditioning factor and said that in traditional settings, if a woman asks for condom use, men described as easy, liberal and lack of commitment.
“Although it has become more widespread use of contraceptives, currently more than 35 percent of young non-users in their first intercourse. This means that although there has been a significant decline in overall fertility, there is still a high rate and little safe sex, “said Menkes.
He also referred to health policy and population as an element contributing to this situation “because they are aimed at adult women married or cohabiting.”
In his research, the university found that a part of Mexican youth ignores information regarding the biology of reproduction. “I do not know on which days a woman can get pregnant and still think that the first relationship is no risk of pregnancy,” he said.
As alternatives to overcome this situation, Menkes said that information should be interactive and that we must sensitize teachers and parents about the importance of talking with teens these issues.
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