Why Kylie Jenner’s ‘KUWTK’ Scene Opens Up Serious Discussion About Birth Control

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Kylie Jenner’s birth control revelation made headlines earlier this week. In a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the 17-year-old revealed that she’s on birth control. Kylie’s awkward conversation with her mom opens up the important discussion that teens should have with their parents.

On the Sunday, May 31, episode of KUWTK, Kris Jenner found out that Kylie Jenner was taking birth control pills. The momager and matriarch wasn’t too happy to hear about the news. Kris walked in on Kylie’s conversation with Khloe about birth control.

Khloe admitted, “We just switched Kylie’s birth control pills.”

Kris then asked Kylie, “Do you take it for your skin?”

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Kylie Jenner’s expression said it all. The teen is obviously on birth control to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

Khloe joked, “What do you think she does all day, knit sweaters?”

The awkward banter between Kylie and her mom happens in many American homes. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reported that 68 percent of teens don’t use birth control or condoms because they are afraid to have “the talk” with their parents. Those same amount of parents said they hoped their teens would talk to them about birth control.

Kylie was fortunate enough to find someone else to talk to about birth control. Teens that are afraid to talk to their parents should talk to their doctor, a mentor, or their guidance counselor. Experts have stated that if teens aren’t comfortable talking about sex, then they’re probably not ready to have sex. Teen Vogue also advises that parents offer great support and advice when it comes to safe sex and birth control.

Teens who live in California like Kylie Jenner can now get birth control without a doctor’s visit. That means women can go to the pharmacy to get a prescription for birth control pills, patches, or rings, in just one visit. It’ll approximately take 15 minutes to get a birth control prescription filled.

In 2013, the California state legislature passed the SB 493 bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraception and medication. It also allows pharmacists to prescribe medication for routine vaccinations and travelling abroad, order lab tests, and adjust dosages for patients with diabetes, hypertension, or other medical conditions. Not only does it make it easier for patients, but it reduces the social stigma that comes with talking to someone about birth control.

This coming Sunday will mark the 50th anniversary of the Griswold v. Connecticut, also known as the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize birth control for married couples. The decision has then expanded to single women and non-married couples in 1972. Some have referred to the anniversary as “Birth Control Day.” Thanks to birth control, the teen pregnancy rate has declined steadily over the years, according to Rolling Stone. It’s now at an all-time low. The main reason is due to sex education and contraception use.

So maybe there was a reason behind Kylie Jenner’s special scene on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Hopefully Kylie’s awkward talk with her mom will inspire other teens to talk to their parents about sex and birth control.

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