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Is Teen Pregnancy On the Rise?

Updated on February 28, 2008

Teen Pregnancy

With all the teen celebs coming out pregnant, and with movies like "Juno," it's just assumed that teen pregnancy is on the rise. But is it?

During the teenage years, kids experiment with sex, which tends to mean unprotected sexual behaviors, which can lead to a pregnant daughter.

I would first suggest that if you don't want to be a grandma or grandpa at the age of 40 or younger, to talk to you kids early and constantly. Don't bug them about sex, just make sure that they know and understand that your door is always open for questions and advice.

Being a Teenage Mom

In all reality, being a pregnant teen takes two. I don't think I know of a teenager who would go to a sperm bank, even with parent consent (whatever reason a parent would consent beats me), and ask to be knocked up.

When teens have unprotected sex, it tends to fall on the female to decide whether or not to raise the baby. If she decides to raise the baby, all responsibility usually falls on her and her parents and family. In most cases the male teenager does not stick around long term. Now, that's not always the case, but it tends to be.

Being a mom, in general is a lot of responsibility, but being a teenager and a mom requires a big tole on the mother.

As a parent, of whatever age, you have involve a lot of emotion, compassion, devotion, strength, and knowledge into your child. Also, as a parent, patience is the key to raising kids, and most teenagers don't have the proper patience level necessary.

I, personally, don't think that any teenager is really ready for the responsibility of being a parent, no matter how responsible they think they are.

Any teenager who is having unprotected sex, is not responsible enough to raise a child (in my opinion).

As a teenage mother:

  • You still have to continue your education, or at least attempt to.
  • Deal with the pregnancy and the emotions that are involved.
  • Raise a child will either working, going to school, or both.

Teenage parents tend to rely on family to help get them through the initial shock of being a parent at say 14 or 15 years old.

Being a teenager, the child is still growing physically and mentally, so if a female teen gets pregnant, she and her unborn child is more prone to health risks than a twenty or thirty year old woman.

Teen Pregnancy

Pregnancy Statistics

  • About 18% of U.S teenagers have experienced sex prior to being 15 years old.
  • 66% of unmarried teens have sex by the age of 19.
  • By age 20, about 75% of American females and 86% of males are sexually active.
  • By age 20, about 40%of white women and 64% of black women will experienc at least 1 pregnancy.
  • About 1 million teenagers become pregnant each year, and more than 530,000 give birth.
  • About 9% of teenage girls have low-birth weight babies.
  • Every 26 seconds a teenager gets pregnant, and every 56 seconds a teenager gives birth.
  • About 85% of all teenage pregnancies are unplanned.
  • About 13% of all U.S. births are to teenagers

U.S. Teen Pregnancy Statistics

The statistics don't lie. Although, they are not 100% accurate, they do tell a close estimate about teenage pregnancy.

And, it actually surprised me to read the statistics about teen pregnancy rates.

Between the years 1990 and 2002, the United States teen pregnancy rates declined about 28%.

In 2002, the teenage birth rate was 30% lower than 1991 rates of about 61.8 teenage births in every 1,000 births.

By 2002, the teenage abortion rate dropped about 50% than it was in 1988, when teenage abortion was at its highest.

So, surprisingly or not, teen pregnancy is on the decline.

For more in- dept statistics about the U.S. teen pregnancy rate, you can check out this PDF file published by the Guttmacher Institute.- U.S. Teen Pregnancy Statistics: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity.


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    • The black mist profile image

      The black mist 6 years ago from united states

      yes, teen pregnancy is at rise, but as they stated it takes more then one, sure you can teach your teen about sex and how to use a condom but its up to then to use that information.

      A lot of teens give into peer pressure because, "Everyone is doing it"

      this issue does need to be brought to the surface a little more but one out of 5 teens have and will have sex before age 16 and most of them do get pregnant before age 21

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      NotPC 7 years ago

      This is some really great information. I'm going to share it with my roommate who happens to be going through a pregnancy situation.

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      Boston_Girl 8 years ago

      Now many people have problems & don't support teen pregnancy or those who are dealing with it. Their really is no way of stopping teen girls from getting pregnant. You can ground them, put them on birth control, talk to them or ever give them condoms but some way, some how they will have sex. Girls don't plan on getting pregnant & if they do than all you can do is support & help them as much as possible because they need someone to be there. I support & help teen pregnancy & those who go through with it themselves.

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      Katharyne Peckham 8 years ago from Boston, MA.

      Very good write! There needs to be education and prevention to help young girls see the truth about what it takes to be a parent, how much it will change their lives.

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      TK 8 years ago

      Teen pregnancy really needs to be brought to the attention of guys. Yes, it's girls who get pregnant. But it takes two to tango. Guys need to be more involved in preventing teen pregnancy. Then, I believe, teen pregnancy will be less of an issue. Thanks for the good read. =]

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      Rose Ella Morton 9 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

      Hello Whitney05

      I like everything who have written on teen pregnancy. But we need to get to the young girls before this happen. Like giving them a baby sitting job. not that easy stuff of three hours or less. I am talking about keeping the baby for three days. I am sure all of those teen mothers would be glad to get a break from their babies all in the name of helping another young teen, not to make the same mistake.

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      Greg Boudonck 10 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Great hub Whitney!!