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Added April 23, 2014

Making the Right Decisions and Preventing Teenage Pregnancy

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As you grow older you are going to be making more decisions that impact your life. Where you go to college, whether your play soccer or volleyball and who you choose as a date to the dance are all a few examples. While every decision may seem small, they contribute to help form the young adult you’re becoming.


One decision you may face is whether or not you’re ready to have sex. This is a personal decision that will have a significant impact on your life. It requires maturity and you need to be able to think about your decision and how it might impact your life. As a teenager, you have a lot going on. Making the decision to have sex may not be something your ready for. You may not have a fully developed brain with the capability to make the right decisions to prevent teenage pregnancy.


Read below to learn more about your development and how it might affect you making right decisions.


Your Brain is Still Developing: Babies on the Teenage Brain

It’s a fact: Teens and adults do not have the same brains. They think and reason in different ways. Until you get past your early 20s, part of your brain (the prefrontal cortex) is NOT FULLY DEVELOPED! That is the part of your brain that controls judgment, planning for the future and understanding the consequences of your actions (like preventing teenage pregnancy). Your whole life may hang in the balance, but your brain has not yet fully developed to think through your choices and make decisions based on giving you the best outcome in the long term.


You Get Caught-up In the Moment: Hot & Sticky Situation

Fast forward to a weekend in the future. You’re dating a guy and find yourself alone with him in a car. You’re feeling waves of desire and emotions you feel may be love. You weren’t prepared for this situation and you don’t have condoms, you’re not taking birth control, and you have no way of preventing a pregnancy. You’re caught up in the moment. You won’t go all the way, right?


According to statistics, there's a good chance you might. Your underdeveloped prefrontal cortex in your brain should be screaming about disease, teenage pregnancy, rejection and gossip all over the school. Instead, your feelings may likely take over completely. You love the intensity, romance, risk and living for the moment, but your brain may not be equipped to warn you that this may be self-destructive behavior.


Focus on Your Long Term Interests

It’s hard to believe that you are not yet capable of making wise decisions for yourself or that your brain is not yet up to the careful calculations needed to act on your own best long-term interests. Just remember: Even your most cherished longings and emotions could push you to make decisions that feel good today but you’ll regret tomorrow. If you focus on your long-term interest and who you want to be, you can make some good decisions that will help you get there.


Feeling torn? Find an adult you trust and talk to him/her about your future, your boyfriend, and risks of pregnancy. Try to postpone ALL-important decisions until you've had time to talk things over with the adult. And in even the most heated situations, remember to focus on your future and make the right decision.

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Posted April 21, 2014
Take it from me everybody. Sex hurts. Alot
Posted March 29, 2014
With sex it honestly depends on if you are ready. You and only you can decide when you're ready. Don't let anyone or your self push you into anything.You'll be ready when you decide you're ready -MAKKs_Girl Out
Posted July 23, 2013
My boyfriend thinks I'm a virgin and wants to "pop my cherry." How do I tell him?
Posted July 20, 2013
skyler u are so funny I love u dude
Posted July 20, 2013
Posted September 03, 2013
Then their boyfriends end up dumping them, or leaving them, then the poor teenage girl, is left as a single teen mom. And she had to go through all that rubbish, just because she "did it for the sex." If you're a teenage girl out there, and think about sex with your boyfriend, even if he is a really good, nice person, don't do it, you can wait! Just wait until you are a reasonable age for it. They're still risks with birth control and condoms, of getting preganat.
Posted July 15, 2013
my sis is 25 and my parents would always compare me to her it gets me mad and one day i over heared her in her 15 talking to the same man who is now her boyfriend she was ready to get pregnent so when my parents compare me to her i wish i could tell them what i heared sorry didn't tell you earlier she now has a 2 year old
Posted July 15, 2013
you lose your virginity when someones penis goes into your vagina (aka having sex)
Posted July 03, 2013
Honestly, most of you girls are freaking about how getting pregnant is quite easy. That's not true. The media purposely portrays it this way to make sure teenage girls do not get pregnant. But the truth is, you only get pregnant if you're dumb and know nothing about sex. That, and your boyfriend could be an idiot.
Posted July 15, 2013
I'm trying to wait until I'm married and in love to have sex. The idea of it kind of scares me, I don't want it to hurt or anything.
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