Discussion: Adolescent pregnancy
Adolescent pregnancy is viewed as a high-risk situation due to the serious health risks that this creates for the mother, the baby, and society at large. Describe various risk factors or precursors to adolescent pregnancy. Research community and state resources devoted in adolescent pregnancy and describe at least two of these resources. Research the teen pregnancy rates for the last 10 years for your state and community. Has this rate increased or decreased? Discuss possible reasons for an increase or decrease.
Teenage pregnancy, also known as adolescent pregnancy, is in a under the age of 20. Pregnancy can occur with after the start of , which can be before the (menarche) but usually occurs after the onset of periods. In well-nourished females, the first period usually takes place around the age of 12 or 13.
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. For girls aged 15–19, risks are associated more with factors than with the biological effects of age. Risks of , , , and are connected to , being observed in teen births even after controlling for other risk factors (such as accessing etc.).
Teenage pregnancies are associated with , including lower levels and . Teenage pregnancy in developed countries is usually outside of and carries a . Teenage pregnancy in developing countries often occurs within marriage and half are planned. However, in these societies, early pregnancy may combine with and poor health care to cause medical problems. When used in combination, and access to can reduce unintended teenage pregnancies.
In 2015 about 47 females per 1,000 had children well under the age of 20. Rates are higher in and lower in . In the about 2.5 million females under the age of 16 and 16 million females 15 to 19 year old have children each year. Another 3.9 million have . It is more common in rural than urban are