Colorado is Talking About It – And Acting on It

Holy Cow. We thought the news last year that Colorado’s birth rates were dropping was big. And it was. But the news just got BIGGER.

Colorado’s teen (15-19) birth rate has dropped 48% — yes, almost half – in the past five years. And for 20-24 years olds, it’s down 20%. A few years ago about half the pregnancies were unplanned, and now with the abortion rate coming down and birth rates coming down, we have to figure that more pregnancies are planned.

These are numbers that are related to real life. Unplanned pregnancies have far reaching impact on people – they can make it tough to finish college, be a strain on your housing and income, cause stress for you and others, and impact your health and that of the baby’s. No wonder the state set it as a priority to help more people plan for when they want to get pregnant.

It turns out that more and more of you are using implants and IUDs – birth control methods that are pretty “whoops proof”. Once you have them in you don’t need to do anything else to prevent pregnancy. These forms of birth control are playing a big role in why birth rates are coming down. We’re thinking, too, that maybe you’re thinking and talking about all this a bit more having Beforeplay.org around (blush).

So give yourself a little pat on the back for being part of Colorado’s success. And if you want to learn more about great birth control or where to find a clinic that can help you use or switch your method, we’re here to help. While we’re talking sexual health – be sure you’re doing what you can to protect you and your partner from STIs. Talk about it and decide if you’re going to use condoms – or get tested and stick with one partner. You’re worth keeping healthy in every way.