Viewers have been following the troubles and tribulations of Leah, Kailyn, Chelsea and Jenelle since they were 16 and pregnant. Although watching Teen Mom 2 has certainly had its moments (like Jenelle choosing a Ke$ha concert over jail), the show has taught viewers a lot about life after a teen pregnancy – and it isn’t always pretty. Let’s take a look back at what we learned from Teen Mom 2.
- Birth Control. Breaking News: Condoms and the pill aren't the only forms of birth control! In Chelsea’s segment, she talks about her birth control Mirena, which is inserted into the uterus and lasts up to five years. Kailyn also sheds light on a very similar alternative called IUD, which lasts up to 12 years.
- Drugs = Bad. When your rap sheet is as long as Lindsay Lohan’s, you know you have a problem. Jenelle was arrested for possession of heroin in April, but that wasn’t her first brush with the law. The teen mom was also arrested for marijuana possession numerous times. It’s hard to raise a child and go to school when behind bars.
- Graduating From High School Isn’t Easy. Chelsea was unfortunately unable to graduate from high school because of her child. It took her three whole seasons to finally take the GED and enroll in beauty school.
- Baby Daddies Don’t Always Stick Around. Eight out of 10 teen dads don't marry the mother of their child. None of the teen dads are currently married to or are even dating the teen moms. As a matter of fact, Chelsea’s baby daddy comes and goes as he pleases, while Jenelle’s hasn’t seen his son since the birth!
- Don’t Have Unprotected Sex, Just Don’t. Leah and her baby daddy Corey tried to have a happily ever after by getting married, but they soon divorced. She also discovered that one of her twin daughters has a disability. After countless doctor appointments and tests, there is still no diagnosis. These are problems no young person should have to face. Your teens/early 20's are a time for self-discovery and essentially living for yourself. All that could change in an instant though when you have unprotected sex.
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