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PostSubject: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:44 pm

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One thousand girls on Pill at 11: Huge rise in contraceptive prescription for pre-teens without parents knowing

I found this rally shocking and thought to myself it it right to allow this? and stop unwanted pregnancy's? or should this be stopped? I have set up a poll let see what you all think?

The number of pre-teenage girls on the Pill has increased fivefold in the past decade, shocking figures reveal.

Last year doctors prescribed the oral contraceptive to more than 1,000 girls aged 11 and 12, usually without their parents' knowledge.

Another 200 aged between 11 and 13 were given long-term implanted or injectable contraceptive devices on the NHS.

Family campaigners said the figures showed how children were being sexualised at an ever younger age and raised disturbing questions about the prevalence of underage sex.

Although the age of consent in Britain is 16, GPs are allowed to prescribe the Pill to children if they believe an underage girl is mature enough to have sex.

And under the laws of patient confidentiality, parents have no right to be told if their children are being given the Pill.

The figures come from the General Practice Research Database, a Department of Health-funded body which collects information on prescriptions from 500 GP practices covering a representative sample of four million patients.

They show that three in every 10,000 children aged 11 - and three out of every 1,000 12-year-olds - were prescribed the Pill last year. Across the whole of Britain, that works out at more than 1,000 children under the age of 13 and is a fivefold rise on 1999.

The database also reveals that at least 58,000 children aged 15 were on the Pill last year compared with 23,000 in 1999. Hundreds of children under 16 were using other forms of long-term contraception, the figures show.

Dr Trevor Stammers, a GP and chairman of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said Britain was allowing the 'sexualisation of young people at an ever younger age'.

He added: 'If sex education is introduced at primary schools in the way being proposed, we will see many more 11-year-olds seeking contraception and if we pay GPs to give out contraception without pointing out the risks we are going to make matters worse.'

Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said the rise in contraception among young girls reflected 'improved sex education' and access to doctors rather than a rise in sexual activity.

'The UK has an appalling teenage pregnancy rate and teenage abortion-rate,' he added. 'It was among the worst in Europe for many years and part of that was the lack of awareness in children about the risks of sex and pregnancy.

'I believe that the system has improved. There hasn't been an increase in sexual activity in young girls - this is about girls acting more maturely and coming to GPs for advice on contraception.'

The growing number of women GPs had also made it easier for girls to seek out advice on sex, he said.

The data doesn't show why GPs prescribed the Pill, which can be used to treat heavy periods and severe acne. However, Professor Field said there was no evidence that prescriptions for menstrual problems or spots were increasing.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provoked a row recently when it called for primary school children to be given sex education lessons.

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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:13 pm

I've voted no, but I have to say it's a very difficult question to answer? I mean do we allow our children to have sex at this age? and end up with a lot more unwanted pregnancy's? or not? it's a bit like the chicken and the egg, if they don't have some form of contraception then they will more than likely end up pregnant? but if you say yes they should be allowed to have contraception then it's a license for our children to have underage sex?
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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:52 pm

I disagree with children having the pill at an early age. But my vote is yes. As I believe that if children are going to be active then prevention is better than the result of an unwanted baby. But these children must be medically supervised. In BG it is not un-common for the Roma children to have babies at such young ages. These poor kids can be seen walking around with the young one's. Maybe contraception would help them, but who really knows.

It can also be blamed and put at the door of poor parenting, poor education and so on. But where does the buck stop no pun intended.

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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:10 pm

Difficult one. Unwanted babies is bad. Sex for under 16's is bad.

I agree with Tony ... better education and parenting would be a great start.
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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:54 pm

ChrisQBG wrote:
Difficult one. Unwanted babies is bad. Sex for under 16's is bad.

I agree with Tony ... better education and parenting would be a great start.


I think your right Chris it is a difficult call but what is the answer? yes education and yes better parenting but unfortunately the world we now live in seems to be a lot different so I don't think either will ever solve the issue? unless we go back about 50 years g
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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:17 am



This is totally shocking What on earth is going on with the world. These are children and at this age they should be playing games, testing make up, hair clothes, etc not considering if they should be taking the pill or not. There is no excuse for this what so ever. Our children here in the UK are well educated in the schools and there are so many establishments they can turn to for help, advise and support - which makes me think - are we pushing them in that direction ::. So can you blame them for wanting to test the waters -so to speak.

We have to ask ourselves Who is responsible for the child? c Who sets standards for the child? c 'Where do we draw the limit? c What example are we showing the child moving a boyfriend/girlfriend into the house? s Children will only do what you allow them to do. For instance, if you allow a 14/15 year old to have their boy/girlfriend living as part of your family, which appears to be the norm these days, than what do you expect. The responsibility is and should be on the parent to set the guidelines and standards for their child. Schools and other establishments can only enhance what standards are set from the beginning. g

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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:41 am


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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:15 am

Wow I don't really know what to say, that hasn't already been said, your dammed if you do and your dammed if you don't
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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:31 pm

I'm 16 and i won't use them..I also think that the generations are using such things younger and younger and it isn't right, i don't believe in 11 year olds doing it only for medical reason but otherwise no, nikoga!!!!!i believe in sex after marriage Angel


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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:33 pm

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This is totally shocking What on earth is going on with the world. These are children and at this age they should be playing games, testing make up, hair clothes, etc not considering if they should be taking the pill or not. There is no excuse for this what so ever. Our children here in the UK are well educated in the schools and there are so many establishments they can turn to for help, advise and support - which makes me think - are we pushing them in that direction ::. So can you blame them for wanting to test the waters -so to speak.

We have to ask ourselves Who is responsible for the child? c Who sets standards for the child? c 'Where do we draw the limit? c What example are we showing the child moving a boyfriend/girlfriend into the house? s Children will only do what you allow them to do. For instance, if you allow a 14/15 year old to have their boy/girlfriend living as part of your family, which appears to be the norm these days, than what do you expect. The responsibility is and should be on the parent to set the guidelines and standards for their child. Schools and other establishments can only enhance what standards are set from the beginning. g

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i wouldn't say my schools have well educated us on such things, to be honest most of the time at school they do nothing we must teach oursleves of such things....uk schools are going down hill :/
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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:18 pm

I Voted NO! and I think what this young lady has said is correct it should be saved for after your married g
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PostSubject: Re: One thousand girls on Pill at 11   Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:30 pm

meandmine wrote:
I Voted NO! and I think what this young lady has said is correct it should be saved for after your married g
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