I read the results of a survey this month that said more teens are using the rhythm method for birth control. That's when you time sexual activities to avoid the more fertile days in your menstrual cycle so you won't get pregnant. I haven't been able to stop thinking about the fact that 17 percent of sexually active teens surveyed said they've used the rhythm method (that's up from just eleven percent in 2002). Here's the thing that I remember learning specifically in 10th grade health class: The rhythm method doesn't work. Statistically, it fails 25 percent of the time. That's a lot. Condoms, when used correctly, are 98% effective -- and there's that other benefit they have of preventing sexually transmitted diseases too. Um, yeah, that's a really big added bonus.
More teenagers also approve of unmarried women having babies. I'm all in favor of that, but I like to think that we're talking about adult women here -- people with jobs and stability and a well thought-out plan for welcoming a baby. Because have you seen Teen Mom? That road is rough.
The rhythm method isn't reliable -- it's a crock. If you're sexually active, get condoms or explore some other, more effective, options (try talking to someone at your local Planned Parenthood). Okay, end of speech.