As countries continue to advance through the demographic transition model pregnancy rates drop due to technological and healthcare advances. The more developed countries have low overall birth rates, but among the birth rate statistics is an interesting group to study: adolescent pregnancies. In the 1980’s teen pregnancies were much more common in the United States than they are currently; this drop in teen pregnancies did not correlate with the development of the country technologically. So what might have caused this drop? Evidently adolescents between the ages of fifteen to nineteen realized that getting pregnant at a young age could change the course of their lives completely. Teenage pregnancy is a concern not only for the teen parents, but also for the baby and the family members of the parents.
Most teens in developed countries will agree that it is not ideal to become pregnant at a young age because children come with responsibilities and sacrifices. However, teens do not want to give sexual pleasure altogether to avoid pregnancy. In order to prevent pregnancies teens may use many different types of birth control. Birth control includes contraceptives, condoms, and the Plan B Pill, among other methods. It is most commonly agreed that contraceptive use has the strongest influence on teen pregnancy rates; however, the U.S. still has a higher teen pregnancy rate than any other developed nation despite the widespread use of contraceptives and other birth control methods.
First and foremost, it is important to understand the difference between pregnancy in Europe and the United States. In Even At Lowest, U.S. Teen Birth Rate Far Higher Than W. Europe, Mike Stobbee states that the U.S. pregnancy rate is 39 per 1,000, in the Un...
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