Teen pregnancy

Kaydence Minnie

     In 2017, a total of 194,377 babies were born to women ages 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 18.8 per 1,000 women in this age group.  This is another record low for U.S. teens and a drop of 7% from 2016. The highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the world is 143 per 1,000 girls ages 15-19 years old is in sub- Saharan Africa. 

     89.2 percent of births occurred outside of marriage. These young females have not yet reached adulthood and the causes of teenage pregnancy vary greatly. Teenage pregnancy may be linked to things such as lack of education and information about reproduction, peer pressure and early engagement of sexual activity. Only 40% of teen mothers ever graduate high school, fewer than 2% finish college by age 30. Young women who give birth while attending a community college are 65% less likely to complete their degree than women who do not have children during that time

     In order to prevent teenage pregnancy, teenagers need to have a comprehensive understanding of abstinence, contraceptive techniques, and consequences. Although there are many different ways to prevent a teenage girl from becoming pregnant, the only one that is absolutely effective is sexual abstinence. Sexual abstinence is the practice of refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity for medical, psychological, financial, or religious reasons. There are other ways to prevent pregnancy, such as condoms and birth control but your only real way to prevent having children or getting STDs is sexual abstinence.