Family Planning helps prevent unintended pregnancies and STDs through education

CHENANGO COUNTY – Family Planning of South Central New York, Inc. does more than just provide contraceptives and sexual-health-related medical services. They also educate the residents and youth of Chenango County and neighboring counties about sexuality, reproduction and other related topics.

“Family Planning of South Central New York, Inc. provides comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate sexuality education to young people in schools, human service agencies, and even households throughout Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Broome Counties. We believe people of all ages need accurate information to make healthy decisions about their sexuality now and in the future,” said Ingrid Husisian, the Director of Public Communications.

The organization believes medically accurate, evidence-based sex education for youth and adults is important because it prevents unintended pregnancy, including teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Family Planning’s education programs encourage people to make educated choices about how they want to plan their families and protect their sexual and reproductive health.

Husisian says, “Whether or not we’re comfortable with the idea, some teenagers do choose to have sex. Unfortunately, many young people are not getting medically accurate, age-appropriate sexuality education to prepare them for this important and potentially life-altering decision. Many ‘abstinence only until marriage’ programs refuse to answer specific questions about birth control or focus only on failure rates of condoms and birth control rather than equip young people with the skills to use them as effectively as possible. This leaves many young people with a real need for information.”

“It’s interesting to note that just because an adult has been sexually active for years, it doesn’t mean he or she has accurate information,” she adds.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization that works to advance reproductive health, unintended pregnancy remains a persistent problem in the United States. More than 37 percent of the pregnancies in the United States are unintended and in 31 states, more than half of pregnancies are unintended. New York is one of these states with an unintended pregnancy rate of 62 percent, the institute says.

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