New research claims that girls in the US know nothing about birth control... A report from the Centers for Disease Control discovered that although 97% of teens in North America were receiving sex education before they turned 18, 30% of them said that they had not been taught about contraception. These students said that their schools focused on teaching them to abstain from intercourse rather than teaching them how to be safe if they did decide to become sexually active. We're sure you're all pretty cluesy ladies but, just in case, here's the lowdown on your options:
- Condom - a sheath that covers the penis and stops semen from entering the vagina, 98% effective form of contraception.
- Pill - contains sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation.
- Diaphragm - a soft, rubber dome that is fitted inside the vagina by a nurse to stop sperm from entering, 94% effective.
- IUD - a small plastic device inserted into the uterus by a doctor that stays for 5-10 years and can be 99% effective by killing off sperm.