Online Lessons: Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College

Online Lessons
The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College are designed to help students consider how an unplanned pregnancy could affect their educational goals, as well as other parts of their life.

When was the last time you had some form of sex education? Whether it was from a parent at home, or perhaps from a teacher at school, it was probably a while ago and a lot has changed since then, both in medical advancements and where you are in your life. You may think you have all the information you need to prevent unplanned pregnancy—or to help a friend or a son or daughter prevent pregnancy—but there may be more for you to learn.

In addition, an unplanned pregnancy can make it harder to succeed in school—61% of women who have children after enrolling in commu­nity college fail to finish their degree, which is 65% higher than the rate for those who didn’t have children.

The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College are designed to help you consider how an unplanned pregnancy could affect your educational goals, as well as other parts of your life. You will learn about various birth control methods; identify the most appropriate method(s) for your values, lifestyle, and relationships; and, create an action plan to decrease your chances of unplanned pregnancy. And, yes, this means men as well as women.

Each lesson should take you 30-40 minutes to complete, ideally each lesson in one sitting.

Click on the lesson links below to begin. 

Lesson One: Why Should You Care About Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy?

Lesson One helps you consider the effects of unplanned pregnancy on your educational and life goals.

Lesson Two: How Much Do You Know About Sex and Birth Control?

Lesson Two addresses some of the myths, magical thinking, and gaps in knowledge that put you in danger of unplanned pregnancy.

Lesson Three: Make a Plan and Take Action 

Lesson Three helps you select a birth control method, find out where to get it, learn strategies for discussing sex and birth control with your partner(s) and healthcare provider, and make an action plan to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

If your instructor has not already provided you with one, click the link below to download the student guide. There are study guides, videos, and other activities available in the lessons to help you learn the material.

In addition, each lesson ends with a quiz to show whether or not you have learned the material. You will want to check with your instructor to find out how he or she wants you to complete the lessons and submit your assignments.

Be sure to ask your instructor if you have any questions.

Publication date: August 2012

Author(s): Bobbi Dubins and Virginia Kirk