The U.S. teen pregnancy rates are at an all-time low. There’s been a 44% drop in teen moms between 1991 and 2010, bringing us to the lowest number since 1946! Good job, girls!
What’s behind the decline? Experts suggest that better use of two contraceptive methods–like having your guy wear a condom even though you’re on the pill–contributed to the drop.
There’s still a lot that needs to be done, though. The United States still has the highest teen pregnancy rates–meaning the most teens giving birth–out of all the developed countries in the world.
Why is this happening? For one, birth control is expensive, especially if your insurance doesn’t cover it. Moreover, a lot of girls, including Jamie Lynn Spears, are too scared to ask for birth control. They’re afraid of being judged or that their parents will find out, which is understandable. But please remember that being safe and responsible is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about! Think of it this way: Wouldn’t it be easier to explain that you’re on the Pill than it would be to drop the “my eggo is preggo” bomb on your mom?
Recent studies show that some girls think parenthood is the only thing that will bring them happiness, because they think they don’t have much else going for them. Of course they’re wrong–you’re all brilliant and beautiful in your own ways, and we wish sooo much that more of you could see that! One expert put it this way: “If a young woman sees little chance of improving her life by investing in her education and career skills, or by marriage, she is more likely to choose the security, immediate gratification and happiness of parenthood.” These gals see parenting as the only way they’ll achieve anything, and that’s a frightening and heartbreaking idea, especially when you consider that less than half of teen moms will achieve a high school diploma by the time they’re 22. Without an education, it’s going to be harder for these girls to find jobs to support their kids.
Hopefully, more girls will realize how awesome and amazing they are–and how much they have going for themselves–so we can get this number down even lower next year.
What do you think is the best way to prevent teen pregnancy? What do you think is the biggest contributing factor to teen pregnancy? Are you a teen mom? How do you deal? Let us know in the comments!