Teenage pregnancy is a considerable problem that can be avoided with proper education and appropriate behavioral follow through. Pregnancies in teenage populations often occur accidentally, as restraint and precautionary measures are not properly taken. Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100 percent effective and is the ideal approach for teenagers to take.
Many teenage girls are embarrassed to ask for guidance when it comes to proper birth control. This can lead to haphazard decisions that may involve using over-the-counter methods that prove to be ineffective. In addition, lack of education about how to use birth control correctly can lead to mishaps. Some girls may be worried about their parents becoming angry if they are sexually active, which can interfere with communication significantly. Getting proper physical examinations is an integral part of the process and many parents may fail to recognize that gynecological exam and consultation with a physician is necessary.
Peer pressure is a significant problem that can lead to unwanted pregnancies. Teenagers, both male and female, may feel pressured to become sexually active in order to impress their peers. Some may engage in sexual behaviors before they are ready and before they have the resources available to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Substance abuse comes into play in peer pressure as well. When people under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or over-the-counter medications, they are more likely to engage in risky behavior. Teenage pregnancy caused by drinking or drugs usually occurs by accident.Many teenage pregnancies occur by sheer accident. The young couple may underestimate the risk of becoming pregnant, especially if they are not educated about the subject. In some instances, however, the pregnancy occurs on purpose.
Teen pregnancy rates have gone down in recent years. Still, the most recent US teenage pregnancy statistics show that around 750,000 women aged 15-19 become pregnant...