Regarding: Sex Ed

This will be the rare political post.

I am constantly and repeatedly amazed by the number of people, celebrities and normal alike, that end up pregnant by accident.  This is not a complicated process, how one ends up pregnant (why is a whole different discussion).  It’s not long division, a word problem, or assembly instructions from Ikea.  Many act like they are not exactly sure how it happened, or when.  Like no one has seen a movie or watched tv recently  Even if you didn’t get that kind of useful education in your local public school, the clues to conception are everywhere.  If you are not actively preventing pregnancy, then you are trying to get pregnant.  I’m just saying…

I was in the 8th grade quite some time ago and we did get basic sex education back then (Mom flipped through a book right before it was covered in school, but she skipped the best parts).  Including how one becomes pregnant and, SHOCKER, how to prevent it.  That was before abstinence only program funding and politics caused the teen pregnancy (and STD rates) to skyrocket.  School is about providing INFORMATION to kids, not withholding it.  Parents should teach them how to apply the information. But I digress.

So, in honor of my old-school education, I made the quarterly trip to my doctors office yesterday for my Depo Provera shot.  That’s right, one 15 minute office visit every 3 months, a stick in the arm and we remain child-free with little or no thought.  $25 of precaution, 4 times a year.  For those that can’t do the math, $100 a year in co-pays saves me roughly $10,000 a year (based on estimates of $190,000 to raise a child to age 18).

Safe again until Nov.

About nfoste2245

I am approaching 40 and have been married since my early 20's. I have become more than a little frustrated with having to answer incredibly personal questions about my choice to not have children. It is apparently taboo to talk about religion and politics, but confronting me about my reproductive choices is fair game. It is not a choice I made alone, quickly or lightly. My husband and I made it together. I am not "withholding" children or grandchildren from anyone. There is an astonishing lack of understanding over the idea that it is an actual choice, to have a child or not. There is also an amazing lack of support, discussion and resources for those like me, that have made the choice. This is not a blog for kid-haters, or mocking people for having kids. It is a place where we can talk about living full lives, without kids, and without guilt.

Posted on August 25, 2011, in Politics, Sex. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Well said. I honestly don’t get the controversy over sex ed in schools. Wouldn’t these people rather their kids prepare for this so they don’t come home with a grandchild for them to raise (because, let’s face it, they’re the ones who are going to do the most if their teen gets preggers) or worse….AIDS or some really harsh STD? It makes no sense to me. But young people are impetuous, impulsive and passionate. I know I was when I was younger and took many chances and got VERY lucky I didn’t get STDs and such. And I had sex ed….even in Catholic school. I got pregnant when I was 16…I was experimenting with drugs on a regular basis and while it wasn’t an addiction or problem, I felt and my doctor felt it was bad for the child and the best course was abortion. It wasn’t an easy decision.

    So sex ed helps, but kids will still get pregnant or contract STDs. :-\

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