While birth rates in the United States are at an all-time low, teens still face the challenge of becoming parents.
What should I do if I need help?
If you are interested in long or short-acting reversible contraception, talk to a medical professional.
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Consequences of teen pregnancy
The consequences of raising a child are much more difficult for teens than other age groups.
- Only 50% of teen moms are able to finish high school by age 22, compared to the 90% of young women who are not teen moms.
- Less than 2% of teen moms are able to earn a college degree by age 30.
- Almost 25% of teen moms have another unplanned pregnancy within two years, which can greatly change teen moms’ abilities to work or complete their education.
- Only 61% of working teen dads obtain a high school diploma before the age of 26.
What’s the only way not to get pregnant?
The only 100% effective way to prevent teen pregnancy and STD/STIs is to not have sex. However, if you are engaging in sexual activity, you can lower your risk of facing an unplanned pregnancy by using protection every time. Many forms of contraception are even available for free or at a reduced cost from your local health department.
Frequently asked questions
Can teens get pregnant? – Yes.
There is no safe time, place or situation to have sex and not risk an unplanned pregnancy. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost one-third of teen moms report that they had no idea they could get pregnant at the time.
Is there a risk-free period to have sex? – No.
Although a woman’s chances of having a baby change depending on where she is in her period, women can get pregnant any day of the month. Because ovulation (releasing an egg) happens roughly two weeks before the period begins, even women who haven’t yet started their cycle can get pregnant.
Is there a risk-free place to have sex? – No.
Pools, hot tubs, lakes or anywhere else offer no protection against pregnancy.
Can you get pregnant the first time you have sex? – Yes.
You can absolutely get pregnant during your first time having sex. Forms of contraception like withdrawal (“pulling out”) and the rhythm method (“counting days”) provide no protection against pregnancy or STD/STIs.
Rumors about “safe” positions are just that: rumors. There is always a risk for an unplanned pregnancy. Even sexual activities like anal sex carry some risk of pregnancy.