We hit a new record low this year in the number of teen pregnancies! According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the number of American teenage girls having babies this past year dropped another 8%, making the new teen pregnancy rate 22 of every 1,000 births were to teenage mothers, compared to the 2014 rate of 24 of every 1,000. This is great news! 80% of teenage pregnancies are unplanned and can cause a many social, emotional, medical, and economic problems for the teen parents.
Year after year we hope to see these rates continue to get lower and lower. After all, teen pregnancy is PREVENTABLE, and the numbers are showing we’re learning how to do just that. Abstinence, or not having sex at all, is the only 100% way to prevent pregnancy, however if you do decide to have sex, use a condom and/or a birth control method to make sure pregnancy does not occur. Sex can and should be amazing, fun and exciting, when you decide you’re ready for it. So when you do decide to have sex, take the proper steps to prevent pregnancy. To learn more about preventing pregnancy check out our birth control section.
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