September 26th is World Contraception Day.
It is a worldwide campaign with a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted and has been organised by the European Society of Contraception since September 2007. The Day’s mission is to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods to enable young people around the world to make informed decisions on their sexual and reproductive health.
The 2012 World Contraception Day’s theme is: ‘Your Future. Your Choice. Your Contraception.’
85% of teenage pregnancies are unplanned and millions of people get infected with STI’s (sexually transmitted diseases) every year because they don’t know how to use contraception properly.
World Contraception Day is trying to put an end to that. In Wales, research has shown that:
Teenage mothers are less likely to finish their education, and more likely to bring up their child alone and in poverty;
The infant mortality rate for babies born to teenage mothers is 60% higher than for babies born to older mothers;
Teenage mothers are more likely to smoke during pregnancy and are less likely to breastfeed, both of which have negative health consequences for the child;
Teenage mothers are 3 times more likely to have post natal depression and have a higher risk of poor mental health for 3 years after the birth;
Children of teenage mothers are generally at increased risk of poverty, low educational attainment, poor housing and poor health, and have lower rates of economic activity in adult life;
Rates of teenage pregnancy are highest amongst deprived communities, so the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy are disproportionately concentrated among those who are already disadvantaged.
But, of course, teenage pregnancy isn’t just about teenage mothers. There are a lot of teenage fathers out there, too. They may not think there’s a lot of information out there available for them, but there really is.
The Condom Card Scheme
http://www.healthchallengerct.org.uk/condom_card_scheme – is one such service that provides contraception for the young people of Rhondda Cynon Taff.
It’s a scheme which provides sexually active young people in Rhondda Cynon Taff, between the ages of 14 and 25, with appropriate sexual health information and access to free condoms in a range of community and youth settings. If you click on the link you can easily use the search facility to find out what’s happening near you.
If you have had unprotected sex or you think the contraception you have been using has failed, DON’T PANIC, Emergency Contraception is available. If you click on the link use the search facility to find out more. http://www.healthchallengerct.org.uk/emergency_contraceptive_scheme
There are lots of organisations that provide help, advice and support regarding sexual health:
NHS choices website which provides information on Puberty, STI’s, Contraception, safe sex, Emergency contraception, condom use, pregnancy and abortion. By entering your postcode the addresses and telephone numbers of local Sexual Health Services appear, with distance in miles from your address.
Provides information on all aspects of sexual health including contraception, safe sex, sex and the law, abortion. This site provides facts and figures based on National statistics on sexual health issues affecting Young People up to the age of 25.
This site provides lots of good information on sexual health issues including STI’s condom use emergency contraception and pregnancy. The site is aimed at young people between the ages of 18-30.
This website has been developed by Marie Stopes International, an organisation committed to providing young people access to information about all aspects of sex education and teenage life. Topics on the likeitis site include: teenage pregnancy, help and advice, periods, lovebugs (sexually transmitted infections), sex, peer pressure, sexuality, contraception, emergency contraception and puberty. Suitable for 12 -18 years.
A useful website from fpa (formerly family planning Association). Working to improve the sexual health and reproductive rights of all young people throughout the UK.
Provides lots of information on aspects of sexual health including HIV/AIDS, puberty, contraception, relationships sex and the law, and sexuality. This site also has links to a wealth of information and statistics on HIV and AIDS.
Takes you straight to the teens page
Aimed at health professional, youth workers, teachers. The website provides information on useful documents, resources, research and policies; examples of sexual health work across Wales and information about the Network.
Are your friends pressuring you to have sex or can you make your own decisions? If you’ve had unprotected sex there’s a chance you could have picked up an STI. The first thing to do is arrange tested. There are lots of places you can go for a free pregnancy test and confidential advice.
The ‘Empower to Choose Project’ is an intervention to reduce repeat teenage conceptions by encouraging the uptake of long acting reversible contraception (LARC).