A few weeks ago, I was at my job helping a customer when a young girl caught my attention. She could not have been older than 15, and her belly was too large to be hidden. She was noticeably pregnant, and what struck me as more odd was that she was pushing a stroller with a young infant whose only word seemed to be "mommy," referring to the young girl. I am often alarmed when I see an extremely adolescent girl experiencing motherhood at a time when her main concerns should be far less than those of raising another human being. This issue raises the question of what can be done to prevent and lower the rates of teenage pregnancy. In order to prevent teenage pregnancy, teenagers need to have a comprehensive understanding of abstinence, contraceptive techniques, and consequences.
Young women under 16 years with experience of sexual intercourse: who becomes pregnant?
Tackling teen pregnancy in Nicaragua | Plan International
The UK has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in western Europe. Although there is a large body of literature focusing on predictors of conception among this age group, almost all the work compares those young women who have become pregnant with their peers, regardless of whether or not their peers have experienced sexual intercourse. Those who engage in sexual intercourse at a relatively young age will often have had more opportunity to become pregnant than those whose sexual debut comes later. Similarly, the fact that those who use contraception at first intercourse have been less likely to conceive than those who do not could reflect the overall patterns of contraceptive use: young women who have used contraception at each occasion of intercourse will have had less chance to conceive than those who have not. Having a young partner at first intercourse suggests that, if this pattern continues, the couple may lack the resources needed to prevent a pregnancy due to the immaturity of both partners. Attempts to reduce conception rates among this age group need to be grounded firmly in an understanding of this social phenomenon.
Teenage mothers in Nicaragua, home to the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Latin America. He was When I told my boyfriend, he disappeared.
Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy in a woman 19 years of age or younger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , in , around , babies were born to American girls between the ages of 15 to While the number of teenage pregnancies in the United States has been in decline, it still remains higher than in other industrialized countries. Teens are at a higher risk for pregnancy-related high blood pressure preeclampsia and its complications than average age mothers. Risks for the baby include premature birth and low birth weight.