Why Should You Care About Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy?

Lesson One helps you consider the effects of unplanned pregnancy on your educational and life goals.

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Sources: The Fog Zone and Magical Thinking


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Most unmarried young adults feel strongly that pregnancy should be planned and think it is important to avoid unplanned pregnancy -- at least right now.


Most young adults underestimate their chances of getting pregnant if they don't use contraception. Among couples who have sex regularly, 85% will experience a pregnancy within one year if they do not use contraception. Six in 10 young adults (57% of both men and women) underestimate this risk.

Many unmarried young adults say they know little about even the most commonly-used methods of contraception.

Magical thinking is common: For example, many unmarried young adults incorrectly believe they are infertile. 59% of women and 47% of men say it is at least slightly likely they are infertile (19% of women and 14% of men describe it as quite or extremely likely), but available data suggest that only about 8.4% of women age 15-29 are unable to carry a baby to term.

Myths and misinformation are prevalent among young adults. For example, one out of five guys thinks that having sex standing up prevents pregnancy.*

The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College address these contradictory beliefs, attitudes, and actions. Lesson One helps you consider why you should care about preventing unplanned pregnancy. Lesson Two explores some of the myths, magical thinking, and gaps in knowledge that put you in danger of unplanned pregnancy. Finally, Lesson Three helps you -- no matter your sex -- select a birth control method, find out where to get it, learn strategies for discussing sex and birth control with your partner(s), and make an action plan to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

*Sources: The Fog Zone and Magical Thinking


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