In , the teen pregnancy rate reached a new low. It declined by 63 percent from to , from to 43 pregnancies per 1, females ages 15 to 19—the lowest rate reported since estimates began in Among females younger than 15, there was a 78 percent decline from to from 3. Over the same period, rates for teens ages 15 to 17 declined by 72 percent, from 75 to 21 pregnancies per 1, females; the rates for teens ages 18 to 19 declined by 56 percent, from to The pregnancy rate among teens who are sexually experienced those who have ever had intercourse has also decreased similarly. In , there were pregnancies per 1, sexually experienced female teens; by , that rate had fallen 55 percent, to pregnancies.
Teen Pregnancy Statistics
Teen Pregnancy - Child Trends
Teenage pregnancy , also known as adolescent pregnancy , is pregnancy in a female under the age of Pregnant teenagers face many of the same pregnancy related issues as other women. There are additional concerns for those under the age of 15 as they are less likely to be physically developed to sustain a healthy pregnancy or to give birth. Teenage pregnancies are associated with social issues , including lower educational levels and poverty. When used in combination, educational interventions and access to birth control can reduce unintended teenage pregnancies. In about 47 females per 1, had children well under the age of
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Teen Pregnancy Rates
In , a total of , babies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years. Still, the U. Teen birth rates declined from to for most racial groups and for Hispanics.
Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped the past two decades, states still face the reality that black and Latina teens are more than twice as likely as white teens to become pregnant. Despite this, black and Latina girls are more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence. This glass half-full, half-empty scenario is a dilemma that continues to confound states.