What exactly is teen pregnancy?
Teen pregnancy is considered to be pregnant girls at the age of 15-19. Sometimes, the age ratio could be lower.
Why is teen pregnancy a concern in the U.S.?
Our society has grown to the point where people are acknowledging that teen pregnancy does and is still occurring. That is the reason why the government, schools, and programs offer different contraceptive options, pregnancy information, and health services. But what determines the teen pregnancy rate is the teenagers themselves. Despite that our society promotes teen pregnancy in a negative point of view, there are a lot of media and social promotions of sexual activity. Therefore, as curious as teenagers are about their body and sexuality, it is really up to that individual to stay protected or not.
Also, it’s not just teen pregnancy that people are trying to prevent. But with teenager’s sexual activities, things like STDs and transferable diseases are a concern too.
Take in mind that teen pregnancy in the U.S. has decreased over the years.
“In 2011, a total of 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a live birth rate of 31.3 per 1,000 women in this age group.1 This is a record low for U.S. teens in this age group, and a drop of 8% from 2010. 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.”
What are the choices pregnant teens can choose with the available choices?
Everyone has their own opinion about what pregnant teenagers should do with their unborn baby. There are options out there if they decide to keep their baby or not. Despite the choice the mother makes, there are positive and negative consequences on both sides.
1. Born and raise the child.
Remember that if you are a pregnant teen and decide to give birth, you are committed to giving your child support and care.
If you decide to abort your baby, try to do it early in the pregnancy because there will be less health risks. There are many abortion clinics that will help you with consultation and the process.
This means that you are willingly putting your child up for adoption after you give birth to your baby.
What should pregnant teens talk about with their family and partner?
Pregnant teens should talk to their family and partner. Regardless of what people might say, it’s wise to know who can support your choices.
With pregnant teenagers’ partner, the two individual should discuss about what kind of life they both want. There might be some difference in thoughts, but the couple should come to a conclusion. Whether the pregnant teenager’s partner choose to leave or stay, there are people and programs that will help to make the right choice.
With families, pregnant teens should explain the “how, what, why, how” situation to the parent’s firsthand. Family is there to support and love. Being afraid is normal, but they’ll know eventually.
How to stay protected from teen pregnancy?
1. Abstinence – Just don’t have sex at all.
2. Use protection (if you decide to be sexual active)!!! – It can be condoms, pill, and IUDs, etc. Being and staying protected will reduce pregnancy by 96%-99%. You can go to school clinics, drug stores, health clinics, and websites for contraceptive options.
Make sure not to put yourself at risk. Stay protected.