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Reasons for Teen Pregnancies
There are many reasons for teen pregnancies. Read this article to learn about some of the issues teenagers face relating to sex, dating, and pregnancy. Get ideas on how to educate and help prevent early pregnancy in adolescents by learning the reasons for teen pregnancies.
Teen pregnancy has serious consequences for teens, their children, and for society, so it may seem strange that so many teens still make choices that lead to teen pregnancy. There are many reasons for teen pregnancies. Some teen pregnancies are unplanned, the result of teens having unprotected sex. In other cases, teens choose to try to get pregnant. The reasons behind the choices that lead to teen pregnancy are diverse, but may have similar root issues that can be addressed before an at-risk teen gets pregnant.
Risk factors for sexual activity teens and teen pregnancy include:
Being involved in dating or sexual activity at a young age is a major risk factor for unprotected sex and the potential pregnancies and STDs that go with that choice. The younger a teen is when he or she first has sex the more likely he or she is to have unprotected sex resulting in a pregnancy or STD.
Some reasons teens may have sex at a young age are:
Teens who feel pressured to have sex because “everyone is doing it” should know that more than half of teens wait until they are older to have sex.
Some teens want to get pregnant
Many of these teens girls come from lower income groups and don’t expect much from their future. Many also have boyfriends 5 or more years older than themselves. Their reasons for wanting a baby may vary, but often include:
Why teens have unprotected sex
Many unplanned teen pregnancies are the result of unprotected sex. 90 percent of teens having unprotected sex will get pregnant within a year. Teens may have unprotected sex for several reasons:
The choices teens make that lead to pregnancy can have many causes, but helping teens to feel that they have value and opportunities, and teaching them to make goals and exercise self-discipline can be an important factor in helping teens to make wiser choices. Parents can play a major role by educating their teens about their values and the possible consequences of teen sex and unprotected sex, and by helping teens to feel involved and cared about.
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National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, “What Teens Want Other Teens to Know About Preventing Teen Pregnancy” [online]
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