Most of the teenagers believe that they will not get pregnant or to impregnate someone the first time they have sex. This is a common mistake that teen usually make. Unfortunately, one out of twenty girls becomes pregnant the first she has sex. Teenagers should know the risk having unsafe sex and what will happen the result of that. They will not only get pregnant but also they can get sexual transmitted diseases as well as AIDS which can lead to death.
About 560,000 teenage girls give birth each year. Almost one-sixth of all births in the United States are to teenage women. Eight in ten of these births resulted from unintended pregnancies. By the age of eighteen, one out of four teenage girls will have become pregnant. Although the onset of pregnancy may occur in any teenager, some teens are at higher risk for unplanned pregnancy than others.
Between 2010 and 2014, the rate has dropped 7.5 percent a year (Wilson 2). In 2010, the show ’16 and Pregnant’ was the highest rated television show in females ages 12 to 34 years old (Harwood 3). Jacque Wilson noted “16 and pregnant ultimately led to a 5.7% reduction in teen births in the 18 months after its premiere on tv” (1). It seems as the show got more popular that the number of teen births reduced. The show could be the reason for 20,000 less teen births in the year 2010 (Culp-Ressler 1).
Sex before marriage has become acceptable in our community. Also, “only abstinence” birth control often leads teenagers to challenge authority. There is often the improper use of birth control because of the lack of education about it. Many teenagers don’t know the “consequences” from getting pregnant at a young age. Some of them also experience peer pressure to have sex or are involved in pregnancy pacts (Why do teenage girls get pregnant par.1).
As of 2011, DC was ranked number nine in the nation for the highest rate of teen pregnancy. For the total amount of births, only 908 were from young women who were below the age of 20 in Washington DC. About 879 were from young women that were around high school ages 15-19. Specifically, Southeast DC is a low-income area, with approximately ¼ of teen mothers going on welfare within three years after their child’s birth (Link 2). As of 2012, out of the 790 births from teenage mothers, more than half, or 457 of the births mainly occurred in the Southeast DC area (Link4).
With this issue the teens tend to earn less money than those who have graduated and have went to college. This causes the children of the teen parent’s to struggle to keep up with their school peers. Teen mothers face the struggle of earning less money than those who waited to have their babies at a later time. It is found that teen mom’s, who have had babies at the age of seventeen or younger, make twenty-eight thousand dollars less after fifteen years of giving birth. In the next generation, the daughters of the teen mothers are three times more likely to become teen mothers themselves.
Although the number of teenagers who are sexually active increased by two-thirds over the 1970s, over half of U.S. teenagers are sexually inactive (Teenage Pregnancy, 1981). Teenage Birthrate About five percent of U. S. teenagers give birth each... ... middle of paper ... ...traceptives available to teenagers, and most parents favor family planning clinics providing birth control services to their children (Teenage Pregnancy, 1981). The clinics have had the expected result of improving the quality and consistency of contraceptive use among teenagers. They have also been credited with preventing an estimated 689,000 unintended births, and probably a higher number of abortions, among teenagers. However, most teenagers are sexually active for many months before ever seeking birth control help from a family planning clinic or physician (Teenage Pregnancy, 1981).
For example from 1990 to 2010 the teen birth rate has declined from 61.8 to 29.4 for every one thousand teen girls (Teen Pregnancy & Childbearing 1). Even with a decrease from the past twenty years, National statistics show that in 2012 there were still 305,388 teen births. On average there were twenty-nine births for every one thousand girls and only fifty-four percent were planned. More pregnancies occur among girls of minority. For example forty-six out of every one thousand girls of Hispanic descent were pregnant in 2012 while African American girls had close to forty-four for every one thousand.
Did you know that 3 in 10 teen girls in the United States will get pregnant at least once before they turn 20 years old? (“Teen Pregnancy”). Or that most teenagers want to be pregnant before they are 20 years old. In 2009 approximately 410,00 teens aged 15-19 gave birth in the United States and the teen birth rate remains higher than other developing countries (“Pazol”). The most shocking news to many teens having kids is that childbearing cost the United States about 9 billion annually and that the national teen birth rate was 39.1 birth per 1,000 and 37% decrease from 61.8 per 1,000 lowest in all records (“Pazol”).
For insertion you have to go to a health care provider ... ... middle of paper ... ... they can achieve it, it is achievable! Although there are many teenagers today who still do not realize the importance of using the contraceptives. That are available and making sure they are being responsible with them. Delaying sexual activity, ignoring peer pressure and the use of contraceptives will help reduce the huge number of teen pregnancies in the United States. When parents and role models tell their teen is important to wait for sex and see that other young girls are going through hard struggles.