Teenage Pregnancy Is A Reoccurring Problem Within The United States

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Teenage pregnancy is a reoccurring problem within the United States. On average, nearly 750,000 American teenagers become pregnant each year. This issue needs to be solved, and there are many ways to accomplish this problem. One way is to provide birth control, without a prescription, to teenagers who are sexually active. Another way is to discontinue shows such as “16 and Pregnant,” which encourage teens to be sexually active and makes teens think pregnancy is not a major issue. More teenagers are sexually active than expected. Six out of ten women have sex as teens. Of these teens, 85% that have sex without birth control will become pregnant within one year. 82% of these pregnancies are unintended. Teenagers giving birth are more likely than adult women to experience maternal illnesses such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and death. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/6813/9611/7632/Reducing_Teen_Pregnancy.pdf
Children of teen mothers are often born with a low weight, experience health and developmental problems, and are often poor, abused, and/or neglected. Teen mothers are also less likely to graduate high school. Some teenagers don’t understand the risks of having sex, and the likeliness to pregnant. Teenagers can get false information from their friends, increasing the reason for parents and teachers to talk to these boys and girls. Girls can get pregnant the first time they have sex, during a menstrual cycle, and from having sex in water. Douching after sex…
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