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The Importance of Prevention

In 2014, almost 250,000 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, 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. 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.
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About teen pregnancy

Teen pregnancy and childbearing bring substantial social and economic costs through immediate and long-term impacts on teen parents and their children.

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Parent/Guardian Resources

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.

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Health Care Providers

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.

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For teens

This Web page is especially for teens and designed with input from teens.

Partners and Projects

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Vital Signs

Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A key role for health care providers. Visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/larc/

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