Birth control, also known as contraception, is designed to prevent pregnancy. Birth control methods may work in a number of different ways:. Your choice of birth control should depend on several factors.
Although teenage pregnancy rates have declined, too many teens still use birth control methods incorrectly or inconsistently. Although teenage pregnancies and birthrates in the United States have been declining steadily sincethe nation still leads the developed world in these challenging statistics. I say challenging because 82 per cent of teen pregnancies and births are unplanned and nearly always unwanted.
Illinois ranked 31 out of 51 50 states plus the District of Columbia a on final teen birth rates among females ages with 1 representing the highest rate, and 51 representing the lowest rate. The U. The teen abortion rate for Illinois was 43 per 1, females ages in
The teen birth rate in the United States is at a record low, dropping below 18 births per 1, girls and women ages 15 to 19 for the first time since the government began regularly collecting data on this group, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Inthe birth rate among to year-old girls and women was less than half of what it had been in Despite rapid declines in teen birth rates across all major racial and ethnic groups, disparities persist. Inthe birth rate for Hispanic and black teens ages 15 to 19 was almost double the rate among white teens and more than five times as high as the rate among Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Many women are popping the pill for more than its pregnancy-prevention benefit, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute. The study finds 33 percent of U. Overall, more than half of U.
In21 percent of sexually active high school students those reporting they had sex in the three months preceding the survey reported using or having a partner that used birth control at their most recent sexual intercourse. From tothis proportion declined from 21 to 16 percent of students. From tohowever, the percent remained relatively constant, fluctuating between 16 and 20 percent.
Unplanned pregnancies are a significant problem in the United States. According to a Brookings Institution report, more than 90 percent of abortions occur due to unintended pregnancy. Each year, about 50 percent of all pregnancies that occur in the US are not planned, a number far higher than is reported in other developed countries.
Young people, sex and pregnancy — the myths Sexual behaviour of young people Teenage pregnancy Encouraging contraception use among sexually active young people Young people, sex and pregnancy — the myths Lots of myths float around about sexual intercourse and contraception. Some have been made up because they appear to be based on 'commonsense' and therefore they must be true. Other myths have been handed down from other generations where ignorance of sex and health issues, for women in particular, was socially desirable. Ignorance may be 'bliss' but it can cause great harm when it comes to health and sexual issues.
Birth control prevents teenage pregnancies and abortions -- when teens know about it and are able to use it. Among all 1, teens who took part in the Contraceptive CHOICE Project between andthe average annual pregnancy rate was 34 per 1, teens. Nearly all of the St.
The Canadian Paediatric Society gives permission to print single copies of this document from our website. For permission to reprint or reproduce multiple copies, please see our copyright policy. Timely access to effective contraception reduces the incidence of unintended pregnancy. Cost is a significant barrier to using contraception for youth in Canada.