If you’re looking for good news, you might be surprised to find it in teen pregnancy trends. Since the 1990s, there has been a sharp decline in teen pregnancy. In fact, from 2008 to 2010, there was a 15 percent decline alone. There is clear indication of some major things slowing down the trend and below covers a few other factors to consider.
For teen pregnancy rates to be in decline, teens must have a better understanding of how pregnancy is caused. Today’s teens can make sounder decisions regarding sex or choose not to have sex at all. Sex education programs have become more nuanced since the 1970s and 1980s, when the teen pregnancy rate was particularly high. Having this information can be crucial for teens. Better education both in school and from information online makes it possible for teens to make better choices when it comes to sexual activities.
Things like contraception and access to safe abortion options are essential in controlling the teen pregnancy rate. With contraception, teens who are sexually active don’t have to worry about pregnancy (provided they do so properly), and safe abortion allows them to terminate a pregnancy without risk. There are also more options like adoption services that can help with unplanned pregnancies, should they want to carry a baby to full term.
More Access to Information
There are more ways than ever to find information, thanks to the internet. Even if a teen doesn’t have the best possible sex education program at their school, they can still find valuable information through the internet. Misinformation can spread easily on the internet, so it’s imperative for teens to find valuable resources. They should make sure all information is cited properly and check to confirm whether or not information is true. Having the right information is the most important part of learning about pregnancy prevention and simply having more of it, makes today’s teens more knowledgeable about their bodies and the consequences of sex.
Less Sexual Activity
The only way to prevent pregnancy complete is abstinence. Generation Z has been having much less sex than previous generations. This phenomenon isn’t exclusive to teenagers, but teenagers do make up at least in part, the statistics today. While many are still having sex, a lower rate of activity overall will mean a lower rate of pregnancy.
Will the teen pregnancy rate continue to decline? It’s very likely if the proper information continues to be distilled and contraceptive technologies improve. It’s certainly encouraging to see the rate as lowered as it is. When we look at the trends in a decade, we might be shocked at how comparatively high it is now.
Author: Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.