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Abstinence and STDs Todays world is full of worries and problems which did not affect teens a generation ago New problems keep appearing in todays world such as STDs increased pregnancy rates and other factors facing teens that choose to have sex Emotionally and physically teens are getting less developed before having sex and are not prepared for the serious problems which come along with their decision to have sex No longer is it a matter which will just go away if we ignore it but teen health and the health of our society depend on choices which todays teens make regarding sex With so many diseases and problems facing todays world abstinence is the only way to protect ourselves Abstinence is a safe choice in preventing the possibility of pregnancy One-tenth of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant every year 83 percent of these pregnancies are unwanted or unplanned Half of the unmarried teens that get pregnant do so within six months of their first sexual experience In fact between 1986 and 1990 teen childbearing increased by 16 percent Whats worse pregnant teenagers often dont see a doctor until the time of delivery The dangers of going through a pregnancy without seeing a doctor are not only serious to the mother and child but may risk the lives of both Im doing the body count at 3 am at Ben Taub Hospital said Dr Hunter Hamill and I can tell you that most of our teen pregnancy prevention programs arent working We have blood on our hands Feldman 1 Without seeing doctors or receiving correct pre-natal care the risk of complications for mother and child nearly quadruple Not only can these complications include stillbirth but also may also cause excessive bleeding and hemorrhaging of the mother According to an article in America magazine The place to begin combating
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