Teen Pregnancy Rates
According to the CDC, "in 2014, a total of 249,078 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 24.2 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is another historic low for U.S. teens and a drop of 9% from 2013. Birth rates fell 11% for women aged 15–17 years and 7% for women aged 18–19 years. Although reasons for the declines are not clear, more teens may be delaying or reducing sexual activity, and more of the teens who are sexually active may be using birth control than in previous years."
Teen Pregnancy and birth are contributors to high school dropout rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, while about 90% of women who do not give birth during adolescence graduate from high school. Children of teen parents are more likely to struggle in school as children, be incarcerated during adolescence, and be unemployed as an adult.
Before having sexual intercourse, teenagers should talk to a parent or healthcare provider about birth control and ways to protect themselves from STDS and unwanted pregnancy.
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