Birth Control Doesn't Make You a Slut

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:53
Submitted by Carlin Ross

One of the main reasons we don't teach young girls about birth control (and give them access for free) is that we believe contraception makes you a slut. Fear of pregnancy and the slut stigma are here to keep young women chaste. WRONG.

9,256 young women between the ages of 14 and 45 were given free birth control (condoms, the pill and vaginal rings) by the Contraception Choice Project. What they found was that women didn't have more sex partners because they had birth control in place BUT they had fewer unwanted pregnancies.  STD transmission rates remained the same.

The study's lead author Gina Secura, a public health specialist, says women on birth control are no more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than those who are not.

"I get that folks are concerned about how much sex people are having. Giving women access to contraception prevents unintended pregnancy."

The study found that while the participants had sex slightly more often after they began the program than before, they were less likely overall to have sex with more than one man.

Most of the participants - 71per cent - reported no change in their number of sexual partners after six months as well as 12 months. Rates of STDs including gonorrhea and chlamydia were the same for women who reported increased sexual activity as for those who did not.

Maybe it's time to get rid of the slut stigma, the virginity myth, and the sexual double standard - they serve no purpose other than heaping guilt and shame on young women and putting them at greater risk of an unwanted pregnancy.  They deserve more. 

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