Unwanted pregnancies put a burden on the economy
The U.S. national budget is a hot topic among politicians, news agencies and the general public these days. One factor in the debate that is rarely discussed is the issue of unwanted pregnancies, which place a significant burden on the system, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The news organization cites a study published this week from the Brookings Institution, which found that unintended pregnancies cost more than $11 billion in taxpayer money each year. In 2001 alone, the government spent an estimated amount between $9.6 billion and $12.6 billion on this sexual health issue. The paper was published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
The authors of the paper, Adam Thomas and Emily Monea, suggest that pregnancy prevention programs could help slash some of this money, saving the U.S. government up to $6.2 billion.
"I don't think the main reason for implementing these programs should be saving government dollars, but it's certainly a great benefit," Monea told the news source.
The president of Planned Parenthood Federation of American, Cecile Richards, released a statement praising these latest findings. She said that individuals who were skeptical of birth control and other pregnancy prevention methods, such as using condoms, were likely to be swayed by the report.
Planned Parenthood lists condoms, such as LifeStyles® WYLD™ condoms, as one of the best forms of pregnancy prevention. Condoms also help prevent a number of sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, HPV, HIV and syphilis.
Understanding how to use a condom is essential to successfully prevent unwanted pregnancy and STDs. Planned Parenthood states that young men should only use a condom once, and should keep a supply on hand so that they can use a fresh condom every time they have sex.