Roughly one in four teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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Contraception, Media, Popular Culture, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy
June 28, 2016

When we worked with Seventeen Magazine on a birth control spread for their May 2016 issue we surveyed nearly 1,000 teen girls to see how many of them were on birth control and how they felt about it. Our friend Andrea Stanley turned the survey into a fantastic piece to help sort out young women’s confusion about birth control.

The good news is that 77% of teens who used birth control said using it makes them feel safe, and 90% feel comfortable talking to an adult about birth control. Only 10% say they’ve hidden the fact they’re on birth control from their parents, even though we know that the main reason teens don’t use birth control is that they’re afraid their parents will find out.

The not-so-great news is that 45% of girls who ARE sexually active are NOT on birth control and even among the girls who are already on birth control, a full two-thirds say they don’t know the laws about it.

While teen pregnancy rates have dropped dramatically in the past 20 years, this survey shows that progress is not victory. We still have more to do when it comes to educating teens about the topic of birth control. Read the full article for some great in-depth coverage of each method, how teens should talk to their parents, and more.

Read the full Seventeen article to see what teens have to say. 

Authored by: Paige Whipple

Paige is the Coordinator of Entertainment Media at The National Campaign. She works with media partners in television and publishing to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into their work.

She came to The Campaign after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Towson University with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and Journalism. Paige worked at Baltimore Style Magazine for two years, wrote a bi-weekly column for Towson’s newspaper, and was a contributor for an online magazine, The DC Ladies. She also runs social media accounts for several Baltimore-based businesses as a freelancer.

She shares her alma matter with Amy Schumer and Mike Rowe—not bad company to be in. 

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June 22, 2016
Authored by: Paige Whipple

Paige is the Coordinator of Entertainment Media at The National Campaign. She works with media partners in television and publishing to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into their work.

She came to The Campaign after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Towson University with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and Journalism. Paige worked at Baltimore Style Magazine for two years, wrote a bi-weekly column for Towson’s newspaper, and was a contributor for an online magazine, The DC Ladies. She also runs social media accounts for several Baltimore-based businesses as a freelancer.

She shares her alma matter with Amy Schumer and Mike Rowe—not bad company to be in. 

Over the past year, we worked with our friends at Cosmopolitan to survey men about their feelings about birth control. The survey revealed some very interesting findings on condom use, sex IQs, and male birth control methods. Some of the findings were funny, but some of them were downright scary!...
Bedsider, Contraception, Media, Men
June 21, 2016
By: Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH, Director of the National Preconception Health and Health Care InitiativeThe Wellness Visit: A once a year visit with you healthcare provider to check-up on your overall physical and mental wellbeing. This prevention focused visit is a fundamental step in...
Contraception, Education, Men, Unplanned Pregnancy
June 15, 2016
Authored by: Ginny Ehrlich

Ginny Ehrlich is the chief executive officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Prior to taking the helm at the National Campaign, Ginny directed the childhood obesity prevention portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and led the Foundation’s efforts to establish a strategic direction for its $500 million investment in ensuring that all children achieve a healthy weight by 2025. Previously, Ginny spent eight years at the Clinton Foundation, where she served as the Founding CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the long-time CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. During her tenure at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Ginny positioned the organization as a national leader on preventing childhood obesity and started the nation’s largest school-based obesity prevention program. Ginny started her career in the classroom as a health and sexuality educator, and has held several state and national leadership positions.

Ginny has dedicated her more than 20-year career to improving the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families. Known for her abilities to build organizational strategic vision and foster partnerships of great purpose across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Ginny was recognized in 2012 by Health Leaders as one of the nation’s top change agents in the health sector. Ginny has a breadth of experience working with businesses, community organizations, policymakers, schools, and government officials on a wide variety of social welfare issues.

Ginny holds a doctorate of education in education leadership and a Master of Science in Special Education, both from the University of Oregon, a Master of Public Health from Boston University and a BA in Community Health Education, from the University of Oregon. She lives in Washington, DC; she is an avid tennis player and runner.

Deciding when, if and under what circumstances to get pregnant is one of the most important life decisions that anyone can make. Yet so many still leave this to chance. Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S are described by the women themselves as unplanned.  Among single women in their 20s, 7...
Contraception, Unplanned Pregnancy