In many cases, adolescents do not use contraception

42 percent of young people in Europe do not use contraception

While adults mostly adhere to the contraceptive rules they have learned to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy or against communicable serious infections such as the HI virus, many adolescents in Europe and developing countries are more likely to adopt a laissez-fair attitude towards contraception. Not only does this endanger the health of young people, it also often leads to unwanted pregnancies.

In Europe and in developing countries, many of the young people under the age of 18 often have unprotected sex. In this context, the "World Population Foundation" initiative speaks of alarming numbers. A study titled: “Unsuspecting or knowing: Your right to be informed about contraceptives” showed that 42 percent of the young people surveyed in Europe had unprotected traffic with a new partner. In some Asian and African countries, the rate is even higher. Over 50 percent of young people in Kenya and 62 percent in Thailand said they had unprotected traffic with new partners. In Thailand, adolescents used the least contraception compared to other countries in the world.

Many adolescents know too little about contraceptive methods In many cases, insufficient background knowledge is the main reason for the lack of protection. Many adolescents know little about possible health consequences and effective contraceptive methods. Less than half of the survey participants in Europe said that they consider the various contraceptive options to be "very good". In African countries such as Uganda or Kenya, only a quarter of young people could say this. "The study makes it clear: Young people need better education so that they can protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies and infection with HIV / AIDS," explains Renate Bähr, chairwoman of the World Population Foundation. Because young people in particular are affected by the health risks from a lack or lack of contraception such as HIV or hepatitis. "In addition, complications during pregnancy or childbirth in developing countries are the main cause of death for girls between 15 and 19 years old," added Bähr. Young people need more education, according to the demands of the association "World Population Foundation" and ten other organizations that commissioned the world study gifts.

Many women die from unwanted pregnancies in poor countries. In this context, the initiators called for improved worldwide access to controlled family planning. Many young women could be saved in this way, as Bähr emphasized. This is particularly important for the families of the girls and for the development of the poor countries. On the occasion of World Contraception Day, the initiative starts with numerous other international associations the campaign entitled "Sign of Life".

A total of 5253 young people from 25 countries around the world were interviewed for the study by Bayer's research and opinion institute “GfK Healthcare”. The main reason for the survey is this year's World Contraception Day. The research institute interviewed the young people in May this year. In this context, the World Population Foundation speaks of "alarming numbers" that were brought to light by the commissioned study. "Parents should start talking to their children early on," added Gritli Bertram, a social worker from Hanover. "Contraceptive methods should be introduced at an early stage without moralizing." Numerous advice centers and gynecologists offer adequate brochures. (sb)

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