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Why do the Netherlands have such a low teenage-pregnancy rate?
The United States has one of the highest teenage-pregnancy rates in the developed world, so whatever the US is doing isn't working, particularly abstinence-only sex education (92% of Americans have sex prior to marriage, and 34% of high-school principals say that their schools teach abstinence-only, so abstinence-only sex education is a failure by definition).
Whatever the Dutch are doing seems to be working, so what are they doing?
- WillekeLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Almost all the Dutch girls and boys get some sex education in primary school so before they are the age to try. At that time it is often just mentioned that it is possible to get the pill or use condoms, best to use both, and that their parents or GP/doctor will help them with that if needed.
In secondary school, when the kids are 12 to 16 it is repeated with more details, if needed every year, still also mentioning ways to avoid STD's and getting pregnant.
And many of the parents are rather open about talking about sex, so when the kids get to the age they want to try, they know that their parents will be willing to talk about it, most likely approve to get what is needed.
And in case the parents are known not to cooperate, the girls can go to their GP and require the pill without their parents getting told.
This is so successful that a society that operated outside the normal health care system has stopped because of a lack of customers.
I have seen the numbers for the age the Dutch kids start to experiment, I do not have them handy, but in many cases it is way higher age than their counterparts in the USA and the UK. And of those kids that do start to experiment, in almost all cases at least one of the couple is aware, willing and using preventive measures.
Abstinence is not promoted here, except for a few relatively small religous groups. And in those groups there is a higher percentage of teenage pregnancies (although more often 18 or 19 than 13 or 14) than in those groups where abstinence is a personal choice.
And the only alternative for abstinence that the teenagers in the USA are offered is ritme, and girls who depend on ritme are often called mothers. (As partial abstinence is not reliable and mistakes are often made.)
If I look around I think that most Dutch will have sex before marriage, but as they often also have children before marriage, nobody will be surpriced by that. Many couples marry when they buy a house or when there are children underway, but only because the paperwork for that is so much easier than when you are not married.Source(s): Dutch, female and in school in the 1970's, as attitudes do change over the years.
- Anonymous4 years ago
Teenage Pregnancy In HollandSource(s): https://owly.im/a86Au
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Their parents bring them up the proper way.Source(s): Was born and raised in Holland
We use common sense
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because they have some of the ugliest women in europe and no one wants to have sex with them!