The Importance of Prevention
In 2012, a total of 305,388 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a live birth rate of 29.4 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is a record low for U.S. teens in this age group, and a drop of 6% from 2011. Birth rates fell 8% for women aged 15–17 years, and 5% for women aged 18–19 years. While reasons for the declines are not clear, teens seem to be less sexually active, and more of those who are sexually active seem to be using birth control than in previous years.
Teen pregnancy and childbearing bring substantial social and economic costs through immediate and long-term impacts on teen parents and their children.
Your teen needs your help in understanding his or her feelings, peer pressure, and how to say no if he or she does not want to have sex.
As a health care provider, you play a critical role in further reducing teen pregnancy rates through the care you provide to your adolescent patients.
- Page last reviewed: June 25, 2014
- Page last updated: June 25, 2014
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