Considering the Unexpected: The Idea of An Unplanned Pregnancy During College
Many San Francisco Bay Area community college students report that they are not ready for pregnancy or parenthood – yet they don’t have a working understanding of pregnancy risk and prevention.
Considering 61% of community college students drop out due to pregnancy or parenthood, the lack of understanding among these students is not ideal for their future goals and dreams.
Many students expressed fear of pregnancy, stating that they want to further their education for emotional and financial stability before starting a family. When asked about birth control, though, trends showed inconsistent use of both barrier methods (condoms) and contraception. Many female students had concerns about hormonal birth control. Some believe that methods like the IUD, implant, shot, or pill could negatively affect their ability to have a healthy pregnancy in the future. These misconceptions and lack of protection, however, increase the possibility for sexually active students to become unintentionally pregnant.
HFTX BAE-B-SAFE creates safe, engaging, and positive spaces that promote academic success and overall health in Alamo College students. The program works to promote medically accurate sexual health information and skills to reduce unplanned pregnancies. From sex education to clinic referrals to helping students access healthcare services, BAE-B-SAFE is a resource that guides students in the right direction of sexual health and academic achievements.