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Teen_Pregnancy_thoughtsBy Patricia Thao

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Teen Pregnancy Factsheet

TBRates-Hisp2000-2011http://www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy/LongDescriptors.htm

Statistics

  • According to the CDC, 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15-19 in 2011 in the United States.
  • However, 2011 was also the year of lowest recorded birthrate in 70 years of tracking adolescent childbirth.
  • But the U.S. rate of adolescent pregnancy is still the highest amongst the most developed countries in the world, and is twice as high as the rates in Australia and Canada.
  • Approximately 82% of teen pregnancies are unintended, and they accounted for 1/5th of all accidental pregnancies in the U.S. in 2006, according to Planned Parenthood.
  • There are also many racial disparities in teen pregnancy, seen on the right (from the CDC).
  • Adolescent mothers are: more likely to have lower family incomes, more likely to be poor and receive public assistance, likely to be less educated, less likely to get married.

Preventing Pregnancy

  • Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and risk of pregnancy.
  • However, some adolescents may choose to engage in intercourse, which is totally fine!
  • There are several ways to protect yourself, but they have varying degrees of successful prevention.
  • These are only a few ways to reduce the risk of pregnancy. There are several other options not shown to the left, and it’s very important to find out which one is the best option for you. Whether it fits into your lifestyle, its convenience, its effectiveness, its cost and whether it is a safe option for you are crucial considerations.

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In the Event of Pregnancy

  • Solutions to the pregnancy that teens commonly choose are adoption, abortion, or keeping the baby. It is crucial to decide which one is the best option for you and your family, should you decide to involve them.
  • Abortion is an option and does not make you any less moral should you choose to take it.
  • If you choose to keep the baby, you do not have to give up on a college education. You might have family willing to take the baby in, but there are options to get into college even if you choose to care for it yourself.
  • Teen mothers are often shamed for having engaged in sexual intercourse, however it is not your fault and it is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s important to build a supportive network of people who understand this.
  • How you handle the pregnancy is your choice, and you get the final say.

Things to Remember

  • Be aware of the risks of intercourse and take appropriate steps to keep yourself and your partner healthy.
  • Practice safe and consensual sex! Only engage in it when you and your partner feel emotionally prepared.

Articles by Mai Thao/Youth Media Force

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Adolescent Pregnancy is when girls under the age of 19 or younger who are pregnant. Kids ages 12-14 years old are more likely than other adolescent to have unplanned sexual intercourse. In another word, they are more likely to be talked into having sex without being educated on using protection. Two-thirds of adolescent pregnancies happen to teen’s age of 18-19.

Risk factors that may cause pregnancy include: younger age, economic disadvantage, older male partner and single or teen parents. While being involved in sexual activities, there will be denial from the teen. If the teen is pregnant, there are usually weight changes. Either there will be weight gain or weight loss die to vomiting. There are pregnancy test and pregnancy ultrasound to test if it’s positive and to check accurate dates for pregnancy.

There is options available to the pregnant teen, which should be, consider carefully such as: abortion, adoption and raising the child with the support of your family or community support. A health provider should explain all options to the parents or the father of the baby as appropriate.  Pregnant teens need to quit smoking, alcohol use and drug use because it can harm the baby. There should be suitable exercise for the teen mom in order to stay healthy. With the decision of keeping the baby and if recently given birth, they should be encouraged and helped to remain in school and reenter educational programs that give them the skills to be better parents.

Having a kid in such young age can limit the things that you have plan to do. For some people by being pregnant lead to depression and substance abuse. Who’s going to support you and the kid? You can’t even support yourself. What makes you think that you can support the baby? If you’re not ready and not financially stable, don’t even think about being sexual active. Yes, there is protection such as condom, birth control pill and etc. Condom is not 100 percent prove for protection. Birth control pill won’t have any effect if you don’t know how to use it successfully.

There are many ways for you to prevent yourself by getting pregnant in such a young age. By being educated about the human bodies. Provide details that by being unprotected sex can lead to other diseases such as STD. Research shows that by having the knowledge, it help decrease teen pregnancy rates. Parents should encourage their kids to wait to have sex until marriage, or until they are mature enough to take responsibility for their actions.

Be educated and make right decision for your own good. Remember to stay protected if being sexual active.

Articles by Mai Thao/Youth Media Force

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If you ever decide to be sexually active, the are multiple ways for you and you partner to stay protected. First thing you need to consider is that you are putting yourself at risk for pregnancy and other possible risks. Therefore, it is rather wise to use protections to reduce those chances of risks.

Get tested! If you want to be physically involve with someone, note that your are exchanging fluids between them. Therefore, make sure you and your partner are safe to be sexually active. You don’t want to be involve in anyone who has transferrable disease.

Get tested at your local clinic or at your school clinic.

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Use protection! There many contraceptives options for teens to use. If more contraceptives are used together, the better chance it reduces pregnancy.

These suggested pregnancy prevention options are listed due to it’s most common option, lower price, and easy access.

Barrier Methods

  • Female condom
  • Male condom
  • Diaphragm (inserted into the vagina with spermicidal cream before intercourse which blocks sperm)

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Hormonal methods

  • Birth control pills
  • Contraceptives patch (sticks to the skin of buttock, lower abdomen, outer arm, or upper body which releases hormones through the skin into the bloodstream)

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  • Birth control injection (injected to arm or buttock once every three month)
  • Implant rods (implanted rods which are inserted surgically into the upper arm; can last up to 5 years)
  • Emergency Contraceptives Pill is used after unprotected intercourse up to 2 days and is not a pregnancy prevention method for daily use

There are other methods like IUDs, vaginal ring, and more, but those are not as common in teens.

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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.”

-http://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/

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.

2. Abortion

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.

3. Adoption

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.

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By Doua Moua

I cry like a wild river

And I shatter to pieces like broken glass

I fade away with memories that I have to make

But with memories that I can’t forsake

But for future that I will take.

By Mary Jane Latu

I am lonely…

Why am I lonely?

I am a good girl

I have good grades

But still I am lonely

I have friends

We hang out at the mall

Call each other and go out for movies

But still I am lonely.

I have a boyfriend that care about me

But still I AM LONELY

Why am I SO LONELY!!!

Maybe I am lonely is because I have my child.

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By Phoua Khang

(*100% original*

and help from

Gao Hli Yang

*90% original*)

“Consequences”

tummy was seen;

and of course,

wedding at 16.

Yes, by force.

Life is ruined,

Can’t complain.

Just a wife,

W/a great shame.

Can’t face any parents.

Not even their selves.

Cause of their race,

Sad deaths be up their shelves.

– my experience I saw

my Hmong friend…and

her husband…yeah…

By Teresa Her, Panhia Lor, Mai Choua Thao, Dia Her, Anna Her

Every thought & fear coming in & out from deep w/in the heart

Still trying to figure how & what to play in this part,

Trying to figure some ways to motivate themselves

But…how they gonna start, the babies near.

How long it would take before it end out of

The pains and stress it’s making me.

Every thought & fear coming in & out from

Deep with in the heart

Staring, but you see nothing, but blue thru your tears

Wanting to cry, but there’s too much pain

To let it all out

Scars in your heart from all your regrets

You dream of still being pure back in da day

Wake up in the morning & there the pain comes back

So every night she dreams

& every morning she faces reality!

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Teen Pregnancy Factsheet

Statistics

  • According to the CDC, 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15-19 in 2011 in the United States.
  • However, 2011 was also the year of lowest recorded birthrate in 70 years of tracking adolescent childbirth.
  • But the U.S. rate of adolescent pregnancy is still the highest amongst the most developed countries in the world, and is twice as high as the rates in Australia and Canada.
  • Approximately 82% of teen pregnancies are unintended, and they accounted for 1/5th of all accidental pregnancies in the U.S. in 2006, according to Planned Parenthood.
  • There are also many racial disparities in teen pregnancy, seen on the right (from the CDC).
  • Adolescent mothers are: more likely to have lower family incomes, more likely to be poor and receive public assistance, likely to be less educated, less likely to get married.

Preventing Pregnancy

  • Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and risk of pregnancy.
  • However, some adolescents may choose to engage in intercourse, which is totally fine!
  • There are several ways to protect yourself, but they have varying degrees of successful prevention.
  • These are only a few ways to reduce the risk of pregnancy. There are several other options not shown to the left, and it’s very important to find out which one is the best option for you. Whether it fits into your lifestyle, its convenience, its effectiveness, its cost and whether it is a safe option for you are crucial considerations.

In the Event of Pregnancy

  • Solutions to the pregnancy that teens commonly choose are adoption, abortion, or keeping the baby. It is crucial to decide which one is the best option for you and your family, should you decide to involve them.
  • Abortion is an option and does not make you any less moral should you choose to take it.
  • If you choose to keep the baby, you do not have to give up on a college education. You might have family willing to take the baby in, but there are options to get into college even if you choose to care for it yourself.
  • Teen mothers are often shamed for having engaged in sexual intercourse, however it is not your fault and it is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s important to build a supportive network of people who understand this.
  • How you handle the pregnancy is your choice, and you get the final say.

Things to Remember

  • Be aware of the risks of intercourse and take appropriate steps to keep yourself and your partner healthy.
  • Practice safe and consensual sex! Only engage in it when you and your partner feel emotionally prepared.

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