Teenage pregnancies and teenage motherhood are a cause for concern worldwide. From a historical point of view, teenage pregnancies are nothing new. For much of human history, it was absolutely common that girls married during their late adolescence and experienced first birth during their second decade of life.
Teenage pregnancy refers to the pregnancy of adolescent females under the age of Although adolescent pregnancy rates are on the decline, the United States still has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the developed worlds. According to a report by the Guttmacher Institutethe following statistics characterize teenage pregnancy in the U.
Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. Also available in [ PDF ] format. Largely due to increased contraceptive use, teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined since their peak in
Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, believes that all young people should have the opportunity to pursue the future they want, to realize their greatest possibility, and to fully follow their intentions. This includes having the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant. The nation has made remarkable progress.
Inthe teen pregnancy rate reached a new low. It declined by 63 percent from tofrom to 43 pregnancies per 1, females ages 15 to 19—the lowest rate reported since estimates began in Among females younger than 15, there was a 78 percent decline from to from 3.
Most of the 55 percent of teens who have had sex by 18 used some type of protection, typically a condom, the study of more than 4, teenagers by the U. Some 80 percent of teenagers employed a contraceptive method during their first sexual encounters, according to the study. The study measured sexual activity, defined as vaginal intercourse between a female and a male, by teens aged 15 to 19 from to
To examine pregnancy rates and outcomes births and abortions among to year olds and to year olds in all countries for which recent information could be obtained and to examine trends since the mids. Alternate sources of information were used if needed and available. We present estimates primarily for and compare them to estimates published for the mids.
Ina total ofbabies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years. Still, the U.