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How common is teen pregnancy?


Question: How common is teen pregnancy?
Answer: Teen pregnancy is common enough that parents of teenagers need to be aware of its probability in their family and be proactive in its prevention. This means all families with teens, not just the ones you think would have a pregnant teen. This means your family too. Here are the latest statistics:

  • Each year, almost 750,000 women aged 15-19 become pregnant. Overall, 75 pregnancies occur every year per 1,000 women aged 15-19; this rate has declined 36% since its peak in 1990.

  • Eleven percent of all U.S. births are to teens.

  • Two-thirds of all teen pregnancies occur among 18-19-year-olds.

  • Teen pregnancy rates are much higher in the United States than in many other developed countries-twice as high as in England and Wales or Canada, and eight times as high as in the Netherlands or Japan.

  • About 1 in 3 women become pregnant at least once before they're 20.

  • In 2006, about 4 in 100 teenage girls had a baby.

  • And a December 2007 report by the CDC shows a 3% increase in teenage pregnancy from 2005 to 2006.

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Teen Pregnancy FAQ:

  • How common is teen pregnancy?
  • Why should teen pregnancy concern everyone?
  • What is the most important thing parents can do to prevent teen pregnancy?
  • My teen daughter just told me she is pregnant. What do I do?
  • My teen son just told me he got his girlfriend pregnant. What do I do?
  • What do teens what to know about sex/teen pregnancy/relationships?
  • Can my daughter get an abortion without my consent?


  • Parenting Quiz: Are you helping your teen prevent a unwanted teen pregnancy?
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    Parenting Quizzes for Parents of Teens

    Sources: Guttmacher Institute, CDC, The March of Dimes.

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