Over 2 out of 5 women...

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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 1:31pm

don't use birth control according to this article.  Anyone else find this surprising?  I would have expected this result in a global study, but this research just looked at the US, which is why I'm surprised.

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Tue, 11-06-2012 - 11:30am

I am not surprised at all but do find it terribly ironic since there was such a huge hoopla over birth control earlier this year. However, I do have to wonder why women aren't using birth control.

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Tue, 11-06-2012 - 11:34am

Wow...like you, I find this extremely surprising! While one blogger's suggestion were that poor sexual education programs and the politically-charged nature of birth control is partly responsible for the findings, as a parent, I've always felt that it was my duty to help educate my daughter on birth control. I just can't leave something that could be so life altering to someone else.

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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 2:03pm
I feel like women and teen girls have a ton of education on birth control and why it matters and how it works from a variety of sources. I think they're just flat out ignoring it and that still leaves the question of why.
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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 6:25pm

 I think I have some of the reasons why:

The "knowledge" of birth control and sex ed in the US has a lot political and cultural problems.  Many women and girls have been fed years of no.  Popular cultural political teachings on sex and birth control leave out a lot of very important information.  Plus some of the birth control like the pills have problematical issues and side effects.  There are no easy way to discern some of these problems (incompatibility, following instructions), before hand that discourage patients.  Then there is also embarrassment,prejudice,fear of disapproval,teasing, bullying etc. 

  Another problem is for those who would like to teach at home is the emotional factor.  Not everybody is comfortable talking with their children about sex and birth control.   They may feel embarrassed about the technical issues, terminology  have negative values or do not have experience. 

  The male birth control is coming there are several reversible procedures being looked at  hopefully it won't be long when men will be able to have effective birth control that is reversible.

  There are political and planning items that many do not take into consideration.   Many countries of the advanced technological civilizations have based there social systems om a growing population as the system is funded by a pyramid scheme.  Pyramid scheme is how most nations fund their social security.  So declining populations worry some planners.  Robert E. Wright calls Social Security a "quasi" pyramid scheme in his book,Fubarnomics.*

  I added the economic factor to illustrate that other people (academics,politicians,CEO's) may look at it differently.  According to their aims.

http://money.howstuffworks.com/pyramid-scheme.htm

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_%28United_States%29

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