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Roughly 3 in 10 teens will become pregnant by age 20. Although the teen birth rate in the U.S. is currently at an all-time low, it remains much higher than rates in other developed nations.
Teen pregnancy and childbearing is hard on the parents, their children and society. Only about half of teen moms receive a high school diploma by age 22, compared with 90 percent of women who did not have a teen birth. Teen moms are also more likely to rely on public assistance and be poor as adults.
The children of teen parents are more likely to:
Most teens have never really thought about how getting pregnant or getting someone else pregnant would affect their lives. Parents play an important role in helping teens make healthy choices about sex, birth control and relationships.
In fact, research suggests children want to talk to their parents about their sex-related questions and that parents influence their decisions about sex more than friends do. Learn what teens want to hear from their parents.
Need help talking to your teen about pregnancy prevention? The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers these tips for parents:
There are resources for teens too. Created by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Stay Teen is a website just for teens—to encourage them to avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting.
Throughout the month of May — National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month — teens are asked to take a quiz to see how they would react “in the moment,” because the best time for teens to think about they would handle a tough decision about sex is before they have to make it.
The National Campaign also offers online lessons for teens preventing unplanned pregnancy and completing college.
Do you have any advice about preventing teen pregnancy? Share in the below comments!
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