It’s an emergency! Pregnancies out of Wedlock

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Malaysia

April 25, 2010

By Dr MILTON LUM

Statistics show that there are more pregnancies outside of wedlock, and hence more babies born out of wedlock. with its subsequent consequences. This article seeks to empower the young, their parents, and everyone who care about them to prevent unintended pregnancies following unprotected sexual intercourse.

IT is common to come across media coverage of abandoned newborns since the new millennium began. What is worrying in recent reports is that some of the newborns have been harmed as well.

Whilst the actual numbers may be unknown, the Social Welfare Department has stated that they recovered 315 abandoned babies between 2001 and 2004, and police statistics indicate an average of 100 cases annually.

It is a fact that sex and reproduction are pivotal to humans and that young people are sexual beings. They account for a disproportionate burden of global sexual and reproductive ill health i.e. the number one killer of young women is pregnancy and childbirth related causes; 45% of all new HIV infections occur in those aged between 15 and 24 years; and there are about 500,000 new curable sexually transmitted infections occurring in young people every day.

Young are already having sex

Various local data indicate that many young and unmarried people are already having sex. The decrease in the age of menarche and the increase in the age of marriage, together with socioeconomic changes, have contributed to this trend.

The Second National Health and Morbidity Survey (1996) reported that 1.8% of male students were sexually active with the incidence in male students twice that of female students. The relationships were heterosexual in 63.2% and homosexual in 19.9% (13.7% gays and 6.2% lesbians). 9.4% had sex with prostitutes.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.