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Teenagers

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Percentage of never-married teenagers 15-19 years of age who have ever had intercourse, by age and sex: United States, 2002, 2006-2010 and 2011-2013

Female 20021 2006-20101 2011-20132
15-19 years of age 45.5% 42.6% 44.1%
15-17 years of age 30.3% 27.0% 30.2%
18-19 years of age 68.8% 62.7% 64.4%
Male 20021 2006-20101 2011-20132
15-19 years of age 45.7% 41.8% 46.8%
15-17 years of age 31.3% 28.0% 34.4%
18-19 years of age 64.3% 63.9% 64.0%

Sources:
1Series 23, No. 31, Table 1 [PDF - 723 KB]
2NCHS Data Brief, No. 209, July 2015, Figure 1  [PDF - 497KB]

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Percentage of females 15-19 years of age by type of relationship with partner at first intercourse, 2002, 2006-2010, and 2011-2013.

  20021 2006-20101 2011-20132
Just met/just friends 14.0% 15.7% 16.7%
Going out once in a while 6.6% 8.6% 4.8%
Going steady 74.3% 69.8% 75.0%
Cohabiting, engaged, or married 3.7% 2.6% 1.4%

Sources:
1Series 23, No. 31, Table 4 [PDF - 723 KB]
2Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Teen pregnancy

See also Teenagers

 

Pregnancy, live birth, induced abortion, and fetal loss rates* among females 15-19 years of age, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2008 and 2009:

  19901 19951 20001 20021 20081 20092
All pregnancies 116.8 101.1 85.8 76.3 69.8 65.3
Live births 59.9 56.0 47.7 42.6 40.2 37.9
Induced abortions 40.3 29.4 24.0 21.1 17.8 16.3

Fetal losses

16.6 15.7 14.1 12.6 11.8 11.1

*Rates are number of events per 1,000 females 15-19 years of age.

NOTE: The teen pregnancy rate dropped 44% from 1990 to 2009. Reaching a historic low, the teenage pregnancy rate in 2009 was the lowest reported since 1976.

Sources:
1Ventura SJ, Curtin SC, Abma JC, Henshaw SK. Estimated Pregnancy Rates and Rates of Pregnancy Outcomes for the United States, 1990-2008 [PDF - 462 KB]. (Table 2) National vital statistics report, Vol 60 No 7. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2012.

2Curtin SC, Abma JC, Ventura SV. Pregnancy Rates for U.S. Women Continue to Drop  [PDF – 436 KB]. NCHS Data Brief, No. 136. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.


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