The nation’s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists says that women should be screened at regular check-ups and pregnancy visits to make sure that their partners are not trying to prevent them from making their own choices about pregnancy.


Doing so is “reproductive coercion.”  This includes trying to get a woman pregnant against her will (by refusing to wear a condom, for example) or using pressure or threats to get a woman to continue an unwanted pregnancy or end a wanted one.


USA Today reports:  “In studies cited by the committee, ‘birth control sabotage’ was reported by 25% of teen girls with abusive partners and by 15% of women who were physically abused. Some men go as far as to pull out a woman’s intrauterine device (IUD) or vaginal contraceptive ring, the committee says.”


A committee from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists wrote the opinion with the new recommendations. It is published in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Don’t forget that the California Pregnant and Parenting Youth Guide has an entire section with information about how teens (and their children) can stay safe.



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i think guys wshould listen when a woman says they dont want to have sex or they need to wear a condom the woman do that because they actually care about them they dont want to get pregnant or they dont want to catch a disease or also there are many types of birth control methods theyan use but you need to ier nformation about the different types of birth control and the efects and how good they are.


If a girl is being sabotaged by her partner to not get birth control, she should be thinking if she actually wants to stay with that partner. They are not the ones that will get pregnant and have to go through all these mixed emotions. They think it's easy to care for child's needs. Well its not. At the end they might leave the girl pregnant and not care and probably tell her that its her fault. If you're in a relationship and you know that its not time to have babies then you should get a type of birth control.


it is not right that some men would do that to their partners. it does not make sense, first they want to have unprotected sex and once the consequences show up they don't want to be involved. if they are not willing to sacrifice what they have to race their child/children then there is no point of it.


I believe by doing this it will help many teens become more aware and speak out. Their are many teens abused by their partners and this is a great way to let them know that they aren't alone. A women should not be forced into a pregnancy nor abortion.


Very true, which is why the law supports your point of view.


It is difficult to hear some of the reality that people go through.


Just read about abusive Men pulling outt there iud okay that is very sick ....! Horrible. Why wuld they just to have control? SICK MEN!!!


Yes, and with some education and encouragement perhaps the young lady will either leave the disrespectful relationship or be able to communicate with her partner about how she feels betrayed.


Yes. I like your passionate response. Please inform other young ladies of this sabotage and encourage them to be strong and not allow this to happen to them.


You should definitely consider leaving the relationship, but I don't believe birth control sabotage is against the law, therefore calling the police may not do anything? This is something I would need to look up and see if there is any law...


Yes, and she also has the right to make the decision about whether she wants to be with a man that is not going to respect her wishes. It's just hard to leave a relationship once their has been sexual intimacy. I wish all young ladies were as strong as you...


True, but it is difficult for young people to have this discussion and be able to be strong with their partner. However, if they can see that their partner will do what they ask because they care that is good, and if they don't that that person may not be the right one they want to share this intimate experience with.


Yes, absolutely! One child is difficut, a second is not TWICE the work, it is about 5 times the amount of work. And, if the first is still in diapers, it becomes REALLY expensive.


i already respondeed on this but i think that this is important because woman should be on birth control so that they don't have an unplanned pregnancy. Woman should have the right to decide if they want to get pregnant or not, its not up to the boyfriend


I think that a screened check-up is okay for girls who are with their partner b/c it makes sure that you aren't being forced to do something that you don't want to do.


Ohhh my gosh, that's crazy why would a man do that to a woman. That's sick, it's almost like rape. All women and girls should know about birth control sabotage. They need to protect themselves from getting prwegnant and protect their own health.


I think that this is very important for woman to know because they probably think that they are the only ones who are going through this, but there are lots of other woman that are going through the same things. If this is happening to you, you should go get help and call the police.


i think its bad for men to do that. you never know what the women is going though i think men who do this should go to jail. women should have every right to do what she wants to her pregancy because its her body.


I Think all teenagers should learning about how birth controls work. Also its not right for your parenter tells you am using some type of proctections if he or she is not always be faithful about those type of things.


It is good that they ask because there some moms that sometimes they don't think that or even consider it ..... moms need birthcontrol so they won't have a second pegnancyy