Teenage Girls Report More Same Sex Encounters and Fewer Pregnancies

According to The Center for Sexual Health and Pleasure:

Nanette Gartrell, MD, Henny Bos, PhD (University of Amsterdam), and Naomi Goldberg, MPP compared NSFG data from 2002 to data from 2006-2008. They found that seventeen-year-old girls in the later cohort were significantly less likely to have been heterosexually active (63% vs. 46%) and more than twice as likely to have had same-sex contact (5% vs. 11%).  Additionally, the percentage of seventeen-year-old girls who had ever been pregnant dropped significantly (18% vs. 12%). “Factors that may account for this drop include our findings that more were waiting until later in adolescence to become heterosexually involved, more were using emergency contraception if they were heterosexually active, and perhaps even that more were engaging in same-sex behavior,” said Dr. Gartrell. “It will be interesting to see if the next cycle of NSFG data collection reveals whether these changes are a long-term trend.”


About Jen

Have been a jack of all trades. I'm a former philosopher who specialized in ethics and political philosophy. I'm a sex positive feminist.

2 comments on “Teenage Girls Report More Same Sex Encounters and Fewer Pregnancies

  1. The fact also more teenagers are practicing anal sex who avoid pregnancy, as well as oral sex, I do not dispute your findings, but mine are correct as well.

  2. oops to avoid pregnancy

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