Face The Facts: Having Unprotected Sex Is A Huge Gamble

Myranda and Eric were not using any kind of birth control when they discovered they were expecting on tonight's episode of "16 and Pregnant." She was previously on the pill but went off of it for a month, and since they'd had unprotected sex in the past without getting pregnant, she assumed they could continue to do so. Unfortunately, she learned the hard way that her way of thinking was wrong.

Myranda, along with about one-third of all teens who have had unplanned pregnancies, assumed she couldn't and wouldn't get pregnant simply because she hadn't gotten pregnant yet. So, true or false: If you haven't gotten pregnant after having unprotected sex, you're probably infertile. Answer: FALSE.

For healthy girls and women younger than age 30, the chances of being infertile are super slim. If you've been having unprotected sex and haven't gotten pregnant (or caused a pregnancy) yet, the reason is more likely luck than anything else. But taking that risk is like playing a game of Russian Roulette: If you're having unprotected sex regularly, there's an 85 percent chance of pregnancy within a year.

Infertility isn't totally impossible though. If you're having irregular periods or no periods at all, it's probably a good idea to speak with a doctor or health care provider about it.

Here's the bottom line: If you're not ready to become a parent, don't chance it. There are a lot of birth control options out there, it's just a matter of finding the right kind for you. For more about fertility and birth control, as well lots of other helpful information, check out Bedsider.org.

--Written by Lauren Mann of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

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