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Did you know? Most unmarried young adults feel strongly that pregnancy should be planned and think it is important to avoid unplanned pregnancy -- at least right now. Yet...
Most young adults underestimated 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.
Did you know? Many unmarried young adults say they know little about even the most commonly-used methods of contraception.
Myths and misinformation are common among young adults. For example, one out of five guys thinks that having sex standing up prevents pregnancy.
"Magical thinking" is common. For example, many unmarried young adults incorrectly believe they are infertile.
Magical thinking: 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.
The three lessons in "Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College" address these contradictory beliefs, attitudes, and actions.
Click on the "Next" link at the top of the page or the "Next page" link at the bottom of the page to start the first lesson.
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