Regarding: Sex Ed
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.