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is teaching strictly about abstinence a successful way to control stds in teens?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
My opinion...no: This is a hotly debated topic but generally i feel that the answer is no. I tell my patients that my job is not to preach my morals, but instead provide information to keep them healthy. There is no 100% safe sex, but i would prefer my patients who choose to become sexually active be armed with all information possible - including the fact that not even condoms are 100%!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Hasn't so far: The morality brigade has not made a significant impact on the problem so far. While well meaning, training that ignores the impact of the other information systems all teens look to will stumble (peers, print & social media, etc.).
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: People simply won't do this, no matter what you tell them in the classroom, and children ridicule "abstinence only" education.

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What are the risks of being pregnant as a teen?

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Complications: Teen pregnancies are at higher risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and low birth weight babies. 25% of teen moms have another baby within 2 years of having their first. They are also at risk of post-partum depression and studies have shown they are more frequently victims of domestic violence.
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Why does my doctor need to screen me for STDs during pregnancy?

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Fetal infection: Screening is necessary because some of these infections can be transmitted to the fetus and can cause serious complications. At the same time, transmission can be prevented if treated early.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

What could cause me to lose control of my bowels during sleep? I've done this twice.

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Sphincter tone: We have 2 sphincters that prevent stool from coming out. One is internal, the other is external. As long as one is working, stool should not come out. If you have had children, you could have damaged these sphincters. Diabetes, ms, infectious diarrhea can cause incontinence.

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