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Teen Health

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CDC: More Teenage Boys Using Condoms

Survey Also Shows Gradual Decline in Teen Birth Rate

Contraceptive Use by Teens continued...

The survey also shows the use of non-pill hormonal contraceptives -- such as injectables, the contraceptive patch and ring, and emergency contraception -- are also becoming more common among teenage girls.

For example, the percentage of teen girls who reported using non-pill types of hormonal contraceptives the first time they had sexual intercourse tripled, from 2% in 2002 to 6% in 2006-2010.

In addition, 14% of teenage girls reported ever using emergency contraception. Ten percent said they used the contraceptive patch and 5% had used the ring. Overall the rate of use of birth control pills and hormonal injectables did not change from 2002 to 2006-2010.

Sexual Activity Rates

Although sexual activity rates among teenage girls didn't change much from 2002 to 2006-2010, researchers say there has been a gradual long-term decline in the percentage of teenage girls who are sexually experienced over the last 20 years.

The survey shows the percentage of teenage girls who said they were sexual active has dropped from 51% in 1988 to 43% in 2006-2010.

"This significant long-term decline is a reversal from a period during which the percentage of teenagers who were sexually experienced was steadily increasing," write the researchers.

Sexual activity rates also did not change significantly among teenage boys from 2002 through 2006-2010. Researchers say this is a departure from a past trend of declines.

Overall, 60% of teenage boys reported being sexually active in 1988; this dropped to 46% in 2002.

Researchers say the most common reason given for not having sex remained the same as it was in 2002, that it was "against religion or morals." Forty-one percent of girls and 31% of boys who had never had sex cited this reason.

For boys, the second most popular reason was "haven't found the right person yet." The number of teenage boys who cited this reason increased from 21% in 2002 to 29% in 2006-2010.

For girls, the second most common reason for not being sexual active was "haven't found the right person yet," at 19%. The third most common reason was "don't want to get pregnant," at 18%.

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