By Amy Kramer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
During all the discussion on last night's "Teen Mom 3" episode about whether or not Alex should attend prom, Alex's mom, Wendy, asked how the young parent had originally pictured her senior year going. Alex said that she had never even thought about it, and she had only focused on the day-to-day stuff in her life, not the future.
The problem with that kind of mindset is that without considering what type of difficulties could lie ahead, you won't do anything to prevent them from occurring. For example, if you've never thought about the possibility of getting in a car accident, then you might not ever wear a seat belt. If you don't think you're going to get caught in a rainstorm, you won't bring an umbrella. And if you don't think pregnancy is a possibility, then you probably won't plan to prevent it.
Most teen pregnancies are unplanned, as most teen girls who get pregnant never thought it would happen to them. That's why thinking about the consequences and having a plan in place is so important. Every single time you have sex, whether it's the first time or the 50th time, pregnancy is possible. And if you get pregnant as a teenager, every road ahead is difficult -- whether you choose to end the pregnancy, make an adoption plan or become a parent.
So what's your plan? It's time to find out the right contraception methods that will work for you. Though no form of birth control is as foolproof as not having sex at all, you must know how to use them effectively. For more information, head to MTV's It's Your Sex Life website.
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