TEENS AND ADOLESCENTS, DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY BY THE PUB CULTURE WHICH IS EMERGING IN TODAY’S SOCIETY.
Don’t play a part in eroding the great culture of respecting THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE which is a strong foundation for a healthy and happy society.Imagine the conditions of those families which rely on the youth to support them. THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT A HEALTHY MOVE!
The Karnataka State Pharmacists Association sees a spike in sale of emergency contraceptive pills, with a three-fold increase on weekends and rise in college-going customers. Pharmacists have even coined a name for it-‘Saturday tablet”! The SAHAI helpline now receives many more calls from depressed pregnant adolescent girls!
WHERE DOES ALL THIS LEAD TO?
MAJOR INCREASE OF INCIDENCE IN SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES(STD) LIKE HIV/AIDS, URINARY TRACT INFECTION, GENITAL INFECTION, HERPES AND CERVICAL CANCER. EARLY SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH MULTIPLE PARTNERS INCREASES RISK OF CERVICAL CANCER IN GIRLS AND INFECTION OF TESTICLES RESULTS IN INFERTILITY AMONG ADOLESCENT BOYS!
SAHAI Counsellor Anita Gracias says “Abortion is a social stigma. Young girls who become victims of unplanned pregnancy out of wedlock feel suicidal and depressed. Apart from the burden of pregnancy, being dumped by her partner is even more shocking. These girls need moral and social support. Education will play a significant role”
G Rekha, branch manager, Family Planning Association India, explains the rise in abortion cases. Most of those who come for abortion are adolescent girls. Often, they don’t consult doctors, and apply the knowledge gained by reading websites or advertisements. They take abortion pills without following the proper protocol which results in incomplete abortion. Frequent intake of emergency contraceptive pills also causes other gynaecological problems. Girls are affected the most due to lack of sex education which is more about values and relationships.
Despite the rising numbers, the state is reluctant to introduce sex education in schools and colleges. This is a huge worry as Karnataka is leading some neighbouring states in incidence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, be it HIV or cervical cancer.
Does the increasing number of abortions among adolescent girls serve as a warning?
Gynaecologist and sexologist Dr.Padmini Prasad observes:”We see young mothers bringing school-going daughters for abortion. Due to lack of knowledge about their own bodies, girls have been unable to protect themselves and end up victims of sexual abuse and harassment. Repeated abortion scars the uterus. Taking emergency pills without guidance causes many complications like hormonal imbalance and may affect the menstrual cycle”.