Sex, Pregnancy, & STDs

About Pregnancy

Teenage pregnancy happens to about one-fourth of high school students in America. Teenage parents who have a baby during high school are less likely to graduate than their peers. The United States spends around $11 billion annually to support teenage parents and their children.

How does pregnancy happen?

Once someone born female starts a menstrual cycle, pregnancy can happen.  The only thing that can cause pregnancy is when sperm comes in contact with the vagina or vulva. It can take up to six days after intercourse for the sperm and egg to join, and then another six days for the recently fertilized egg to implant itself in the lining of the uterus. Pregnancy begins at this implantation when a certain hormone is released. This hormone, called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), works to support pregnancy.

Can I get pregnant from pre-ejaculate?

It does not contain sperm like ejaculate, but there is still a small risk of pregnancy. There is a possibility that it can pick up sperm in the urethra from a recent ejaculation, in which case it could cause pregnancy.

Is there a certain time when I can get pregnant?

You can get pregnant at any time of the month. However, during ovulation (about 14 days before the start of your period) you are more likely to get pregnant because that is when the release of an egg occurs.

How do I tell my parents I am becoming a teen parent?

Set aside a time and place to talk to your parents and explain that you have something important to tell them. Explain to your parents how you are feeling during this time, whether that be scared, worried, vulnerable or excited. Be honest about your emotions.  Parents may be upset or angry right away but they need time to adjust to this news, the same way you needed to adjust to this news. Getting along with your parents isn’t always easy, even under good circumstances, so try and cut them some slack if their initial reaction isn’t what you hoped for. In the end, they only want the best for you. Have an open discussion with them about what you should do about the pregnancy and weigh all of your options.

(references: Planned Parenthood,