A recent published study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that use of contraception among teens has led to "a historic low" in teen pregnancy rates in the States.
"The teen pregnancy and birth rate dropped to 22.3 births per 1,000 teens in 2015, compared to a whopping 62 births per 1,000 in 1991. "
Other interesting finding from the study mentions that among sexually active teens the most popular form of contraception used were condoms. When analyzing a report put together by the Guttmacher Institute, consistent condom use has increased among teens "from 46.2% to 63%". Although it is easy to conclude that the increased access to condoms in high schools is the cause of the decline, one case study reveals the complexity of this issue. The Atlantic published an article noting that condom access without sex education can increase teen pregnancy rates. It is important to mention that other forms of contraception, specifically long term intrauterine devices, led to lower rates of teen pregnancy.
We at More than Sex-ed believe that it is healthiest for young teens to postpone sex. When studies show that abstinence only sex education do not delay sexual activity, it is time to consider comprehensive sex education that also includes contraception.