Ex Sex and Unplanned Pregnancy

February 07, 2013

Teens

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'Sex with an Ex' is common among young people, says a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Research. Shocker, right?

44% of 17-24-year-olds said they got back together with an ex at least once in the past two years, and 53% of those also reported having sex with their ex.

Overall, more than one-quarter of the 792 participants reported having ex-sex--whether they got back together or just had a short fling.

These casual encounters could be the most important time to be protected from an unplanned pregnancy. Research has shown condom use is high at the beginning of relationships, but tends to drop over time. Couples (or ex-couples) who already feel comfortable with each other might be less likely to use a condom than they would with a new partner.

Visit Bedsider to explore birth control methods that can help protect against exes.

Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Manager of Digital Media  at The National Campaign. She is the web editor and content manager for the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties (StayTeen.org and TheNationalCampaign.org), as well as their associated social media accounts.  She is also responsible for managing the Campaign’s youth initiative work, including the National Youth Leadership Team.  

Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University. 

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I know what half of those young adults and teens are dealing with stuff like these things I've been through this stuff twice but it's just being careful with the person you're with who do theses things with!its basically using protection at all times no matter what the situation is!

A group of teenage girls