The Facts About Teen Pregnancy
Teen pregnancy has decreased somewhat from previous years, but it is still more common than you might think. 2014 figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that 249,078 babies were born to 15 to 19-year-old girls in the United States.
The children of these girls are far more likely to have health problems, difficulty in school, and be a teenage mother themselves.
The key is prevention, and it is one of the CDC’s top priorities. Education is a cornerstone of prevention, and the CDC has outlined these questions you might ask your teenager:
- What do you know about sexual issues including HIV, STDs and pregnancy?
- Do you think you have a high risk of HIV?
- How do you view sex and abstinence?
- How do you feel about condoms, both positive and negative?
- What do your friends and peers think about sex?
- Can you refuse sex or use condoms?
- Can you abstain from sex or limit the number of partners?
- Can you talk to your parents or other adults about sex?
- Can you avoid risky behaviors?
- Can you avoid places and situations that might result in sex?
- Do you intend to use a condom or some form of birth control?
The unintended consequences for your teenager of unprotected sex need to be addressed too. An HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccination should be discussed to prevent cervical cancer in sexually active teens. Education about sexually-transmitted diseases is also vital to prevent the spread of STDs.
Teenage girls need to have access to contraception methods and education about their use. Early discussion about contraception is a key to establishing values that won’t lead to teen pregnancy.
You and your teenager should not have to deal with prevention of teen pregnancy on your own. You need to partner with a compassionate obstetrician/gynecologist who can help you take care of your teenager. For more questions on prevention, contraception and teen pregnancy call South Metro OB/GYN with offices in Englewood, and Lone Tree, Colorado. Call today!
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