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Updated: March 1, 2013 6:26AM



Dr. Wallace: My boyfriend and I have been together almost a year, and we think it is time to start a sexual relationship.

Since both of us are Catholic, we have always been taught that it is sinful to use contraceptives to avoid pregnancy. I have
read books explaining the best time for a female to have sex and not get pregnant, and we plan to use
this information.

I hope I won’t get pregnant, but if I do, we will get married immediately because we love each other and already plan to be married in the near future. We are both 19 and would be 20 if a child is brought into this world because of our love.

My boyfriend is really into statistics, and he wants to know the odds of my not getting pregnant in a year’s time if we have sex once a week during that time.

Sissy, Atlanta, Ga.

Sissy: You will probably get pregnant. Several years ago, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reported that if teens do not use effective contraceptives, the chance of pregnancy is 90 percent.

Since you were taught that using contraceptives was sinful, you also must know that premarital sex is also against the Church’s teachings. My advice is that you give up the selective theology and make some real decisions about your life.

Write to Dr. Wallace
at rwallace@galesburg.net



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