Education and Contraception Use

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While we are all probably well informed about the different types of birth control available, many people are not as fortunate. There is a direct correlation between the amount of education a woman has and the use of contraceptives. Just a couple of the sources that prove this are a study done in Turkey and the class Biology 1001 offered here at the University of Minnesota.

There was a study done in Kocaeli, Turkey in which the goal was to examine contraceptive use by women who are sexually active and of reproductive age that live in the city. The researchers doing the study were interested in finding the correlation between contraceptive use and demographics. The results of the experiment show that almost everyone involved in the experiment was aware of at least one method of birth control. The two most commonly reported techniques were intrauterine devices and the withdrawal method. The study stated that both illiterate women and housewives were less aware of modern contraceptives. It showed that as literacy rates for both men and women increased, so did the amount of contraceptives used and the involvement of men in family planning. Overall the study proved that if the education of both men and women increased, so would the use of contraceptives.

Biology 1001 also teaches about some of the statistics related to education and number of children per family. In the class it is taught that as education increases, so does the age at which a woman has her first child. The average number of children that a woman has decreases as the level of education increases.

Both the study done in Turkey and the class Biology 1001 taught at the University of Minnesota show valuable facts on the use of birth control. It is astonishing how much education can affect the number of children a woman has due to the use of contraceptives.

Netherlands, Springer. "Advances in Contraception." 15.4 (2004): 1. Web. 24 Feb 2010. .

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  1. This is so interesting! I think it really makes the case for contraceptive-oriented sexual education, instead of abstinence only. It's a common argument that teaching students about contraceptives will encourage them to have premarital sex (the morality of pre-marital sex is an entirely different issue). It seems to me that this study proves that regardless of the level of education an individual has, they will be aware of at least some methods of birth control. Very, very few people go through life believing that a stork delivers babies - whether from TV, the radio, random places on the internet, or your friends, I think most people end up hearing about condoms or other ways to prevent pregnancy. So it seems like people will try and use SOME method to prevent pregnancy if they want to have sex - but if they are uneducated, they will use an ineffective one, like 'withdrawal'. Presumably, people with a higher level of education are more exposed to various options, have a greater understanding of the human body, or are more likely to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to realize that having sex in a hot tub can still get you pregnant (just citing a random myth).

    I really doubt that how much calculus you know will directly effect how many children someone has - how much you know about birth control is what really matters. I think this article indicates that truly education (contraception included) sex ed classes are the way to reduce accidental or unwanted pregnancies.

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