Transcripts from #TheInSite
Conference:Planned Parenthood: Birth Control Options
The following transcript was recorded on
Friday, 26th February, 1998
with Sandra Nevarez of Planned Parenthood
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Log file opened at: 2/26/98 16:59:53
VenusCCC: Welcome to TheInSite!
VenusCCC: Our guest tonight is Sandra Nevarez:
VenusCCC: from Planned Parenthood who will be talking to us
VenusCCC: Birth Control Options:
VenusCCC: What's best for you and your partner?
VenusCCC: Join our discussion and feel free to ask questions!
VenusCCC: Planned Parenthood is a nationwide organization
VenusCCC: dedicated to educating people about sex, sexuality
VenusCCC: and their bodies. Their clinics offer many services -
VenusCCC: from HIV testing to yearly exams to counseling and
VenusCCC: more. To find out more information, you can look
VenusCCC: at their web site at:
VenusCCC: Welcome Sandra! Glad you're here! Do you have any opening comments for us?
Sandra: Every year in the US, there's about 1 million teen pregnancies which is about 2800 per day
VenusCCC: Wow Sandra!
VenusCCC: How many are those unwanted?
Sandra: Do you think teens are educated enough to prevent unwanted pregnancies?
PIXIE3: umm about 2799 probably
VenusCCC: I guess it depends how many of those 2800 a day are unwanted, Sandra
PIXIE3: I think "unplanned " is the better word- once you see your baby very few don't "want it"
Sandra: True. But most teens don't use a form of Birth Control in the first year of being sexually active
VenusCCC: Wow Sandra! Even with all the known risks of unprotected sex??
Sandra: Yes, many teens feel that they are not at risk. It can only happen "to others"
PIXIE3: well, in the heat of the moment you're hardly thinking about babies- much less an STD
VenusCCC: What naive thinking, Sandra!
PIXIE3: but this is a teens chat room
Sandra: Pixie-that's the point. Teens as well as adults are not practicing safe sex
VenusCCC: Why fathom that, Canine :-)
aerosmith2: and young adults
Sandra: They get involved in the heat of the moment and don't think of the possible consequences- which in some cases are fatal-for example- every hour two teens in the US are infected with HIV
PIXIE3: If your best friend's getting pregnant and you have to see them quit their lives and become adults isn't going to stop us from having sex- I don't think a bunch of 40 year olds are
VenusCCC: With such the high risk, what do you recommend people do to prepare for that "heat of the moment"?
aerosmith2: Try to remember protection
indri: I would suggest they exercise self control, Venus
Sandra: I had a question for everyone-Is anyone sexually active?
VenusCCC: Yes, Sandra
CCCanine raises a paw
CCCanine: But we're married, Venus :o)
Erin: not I
indri: I'm' m still not married
VenusCCC: True, Canine - but I was sexually active for years before becoming married
VenusCCC: (and the marriage is a recent thing ;-)
CCCanine: I was too: but I was on the pill before I had sex for the first time
CCCanine: True, Venus
VenusCCC: Ah, I wasn't that wise, Canine
CCCanine: and I went out with my partner for 6 mths before we had sex too
VenusCCC: What about the rest of you.. anyone else sexually active? (I promise.. won't tell your folks..)
indri: Do you think it helped your marriage venus?
CCCanine: what, sex?
VenusCCC: Indri... well, I do go off on a rant regarding that, but right now we are talking about birth control options.. not my sex life :-)
indri: I meant having sex before you were married?
Sandra: For those who are sexually active, are you using any form of birth control method
VenusCCC: Yes, Sandra .. I use the pill
CCCanine: me too
Sandra: and if so, which one. Also, it's a good idea to protect yourself by using a condom when using hormonal or spermicidal methods.
CCCanine: I'm on a low dose pill just now cos I'm still breastfeeding my baby, but I'll be moving up to the regular one from next month
DJDoug: What is the best birth control option?
VenusCCC: Great question, Doug!
CCCanine: different options for different people/circumstances, DJ
Sandra: For teens I would suggest using at least 2 forms and it depends on the individual
DJDoug: What two forms do you suggest?
CCCanine: That sure makes you think seriously about having sex with someone!
Sandra: for women using a hormonal method such as the pill, norplant or depo/provera will only help prevent pregnancies, but not against STIs (Sexually transmitted infections)
FlowerBabe: I say keep your pants on til you are ready for the responsibility of a kid just in case
Sandra: Also if a women wants to take the pill and she is not the type to remember to take a pill everyday-then that form of birth control will probably not work for her
VenusCCC: lol Sandra.. it has taken me a long time to remember to take mine daily
VenusCCC checked into Norplant, but was hesitant
Sandra: Flowerbabe2, I totally agree. But how many of you teens can do that? Especially if you're partner says they will leave you if you don't have sex?
TISPhreak: why is that VenusCCC?
FlowerBabe: if you don't want responsibility to have a baby don't have sex
DJDoug: Can a woman become immune to the pill?
CCCanine: lol Sandra, rare souls like me: I was 21 before I had sex
TISPhreak: good question DJDoug!
CCCanine: I've never heard of that, DJ
TISPhreak: Me either CCCanine
VenusCCC: Well Sandra- personally if they will leave you if you don't have sex with them, you should leave THEM first :-)
Sandra: DJdoug- No, you cannot become immune nor sterile
TISPhreak: agreed VenusCCC :)
Sandra: That's right Venus
CCCanine: She said if your boyfriend says "If you love me, you'll have sex", the appropriate response if you're not ready to yet is "if you love me, you'll wait"
Sandra: That's right CCCanine, but what about those teens who don't have enough self esteem to do that. Remember there are many teens who have not yet developed a sense of self respect. They're still forming their identity and trying to be accepted by others.
VenusCCC: Phreak, I like the benefits my body gets from the Pill. Perhaps Sandra could explain some of them for the rest of the crowd ?
TISPhreak: I see VenusCCC :)
TISPhreak: well said Sandra
DJDoug: There are few teens that I know who have not had sex
typo: DJDoug..that's a very good thing
VenusCCC: Aaah.. and to be accepted in some cases means to be 'loved' and to be loved in a lot of peoples eyes is to be sexually active
CCCanine: I have 2 daughters, and my counsel to them will be to leave sex until they're out of high school!
typo: Well, CCCanine, my mother was the same way, but I think it was because she was so adamant about me *not* having sex before I got out of high school that made me want to do it
VenusCCC: Sandra, why do you think people are so hesitant to explore and use the proper method of birth control for their life?
DJDoug: Sorry you missed my statement there are not many teens whom I know that have not had sex
FlowerBabe: can birth control have bad side affects?
typo: FlowerBabe2.. oh yes!
CCCanine: That's changed a lot in the last 15 or so years since I was a teen, DJ (I'm 32). Most of my friends back then were NOT sexually active
Sandra: With all the pressures youth face today including what our society shows through the media, through music, etc. will your teens know how to turn away from sex until they're out of high school?
typo: Flowerbabe, I have Norplant, and I have lots of side effects, but I would *never* give up what I get with Norplant
FlowerBabe: dj I have not had sex so now you know one person. I am 14
TISPhreak: It's a fair pay off you think, typo?
DJDoug: You are right canine i'm 21 and there's only a rare few of teen friends of mine who have not had sex
typo: yes, TISPhreak ;-)
TISPhreak: DJDoug, very similar situation here :)
DJDoug: 14 is kind of young for sex
typo: I think it all depends on the maturity level, DJ ;-)
TISPhreak: well said DJDoug. Perhaps having the *right* to do something doesn't mean that you *should* in all cases :)
CCCanine: Sandra, can you explain some of the pros and cons of the hormonal contraceptives please? The pill, Norplant, Depo/Provera etc.
DJDoug: Your right typo
Sandra: Pros-higher percentage of effectiveness, less messy, prevents pregnancies if used correctly up to 99.7 % effective. Abstinence is the only form of BC that is totally effective. Cons-some women experience side effects, women forget to take them. Males can not determine whether or not their partner is taking them and they don't prevent the transmission of STIs
Sandra: Side effects include head aches, nausea/vomiting, chest pain, arm/leg pain, puffiness weight gain. dizziness
DJDoug: What is the youngest age a girl can get pregnant?
typo: DJ,,as soon as she gets her menstrual cycle
CCCanine: What sort of side effects? And I guess that depends on the individual?
Sandra: Yes it does differ from person to person. There's also different types of BC pills and dosages that can be administered.
CCCanine: thanks, Sandra
DJDoug: At what age can a girl get pregnant?
Sandra: As soon as she is capable of releasing eggs from the ovaries, which may happen before her first menstrual cycle. And that can begin as early as 8 years old.
CCCanine: Believe me, folks, I work in ParentChat and I've talked to plenty of scared, pregnant, 12 to 14 year olds!
TISPhreak: 8??? wow!
CCCanine: I think 11 was the youngest I've met
TISPhreak: that's amazing CCCanine
Sandra: Maybe even earlier
VenusCCC has met a pregnant 10 year old
CCCanine: scares me silly - why are kids that young having sex???
typo: I have a list of the newest specifications on how "good" everything on the market is today. Norplant = 99.9% effective; Injectibles = 99.7% = female sterilization = 99.6% ; Copper IUD = 99.2; hormonal IUD = 98%; the pill= 97%; mini pill = 97%; male condom = 88% ; diaphragm & spermicide = 82%; fertility awareness = 80%; spermicide = 79%; female condom = 79%.. AND.. starting in 2000, they are coming out with a WHOLE bunch of new male fertility methods! *yay*
Sandra: Thanks typo
CCCanine: great, typo, thanks!
CCCanine: female sterilization is not 100% successful?
typo: nope, CCCanine
VenusCCC: Really, Typo? Last I read only two were approved by FDA testing (Monday night, I think) .. injectibles and pill form
VenusCCC: Thanks, Canine
VenusCCC: Sandra, why do you think people are so hesitant to explore and use the proper method of birth control for their life?
DJDoug while working for NBC had a employee friend who had a 10 year old girl who was pregnant
typo: nope, Venus. There's 6 that are going through the FDA now from Europe.. They all look really neat too!!
Sandra: Laziness, fear, don't think it will happen to them, don't want others think they're sexually active, don't want to go to health facility, don't want parents to find out. Let's ask you guys out there. Are any of you sexually active and using or not using BC methods?
TISPhreak: good points Sandra
VenusCCC: Well, we already know my answer of yes to both
VenusCCC: What about the rest of you?
DJDoug: My girlfriend is on the pill
Sandra: Are you using condoms?
DJDoug: Sometimes. I know I'm stupid but hey
Sandra: I'm sorry that was for you DJDoug. And were either of you sexually active before you were together?
DJDoug: I wasn't and she said she wasn't I believed her of course
Sandra: How can you risk being wrong?
DJDoug: I've been to the doctor and she's going next week we plan on getting married
CCCanine: good for you, DJ
TISPhreak: Congratulations Doug!
Sandra: Congratulations! Doug. The problem is that many of the STIs including HIV may not appear and be detected at the time of testing.
CCCanine: one last question, Sandra. I'm curious about the long term hormonals: Norplant and DepoProvera etc. How SAFE are they? We've heard how reliable they are, but how safe are they?
Sandra: As far as we are aware of there has not been any clear indications of long term health problems related to depo and Norplant
CCCanine: Oh good!
VenusCCC: But that is GREAT news, Sandra!
VenusCCC: I'd like to thank Sandra for being here.
VenusCCC: For more information on Planned Parenthood,
VenusCCC: please check out their web site:
VenusCCC: And don't forget TheInSite's web page at:
TISPhreak: thanks VenusCCC, been a great conference! :)
VenusCCC: Sandra - I'm very sorry about the server difficulties, and hope you will come back again! :-)
TISPhreak: yes Sandra, thanks for being our guest!
DJDoug: Thank you Sandra
Sandra: Venus can I just say that teens can receive free condoms and various BC methods
CCCanine: And thanks to everyone for keeping cool in the face of server problems
VenusCCC: Yup! I have used Planned Parenthood since I was 14 years old folks.. they are an awesome group and awesome people :-)
TISPhreak: kewl VenusCCC :)
Sandra: if they call one of our health centers at 1 800 230-plan
VenusCCC: Great, Sandra ! Thank you!
Sandra: Thanks everyone!Chat again soon!
Log file closed at: 2/26/98 17:37:35