|Contraceptive Access and Information|
While teens have steadily increased their use of condoms and contraception over the past 20 years, a significant number still do not use contraceptive methods effectively or consistently. Between 85 and 95 percent of sexually active adolescent women who use no method become pregnant within one year of initiating intercourse. Becoming a parent as a teen can negatively impact young people's ability to achieve educational and personal goals; and in developing countries, complications from pregnancy including childbirth and unsafe abortion, are the leading cause of death for young women ages 15-19.
If you are conducting research on adolescents and contraception, check out Advocates’ Contraception Access, Efficacy, and Use Research Guide for the most recent news, scholarly research, and publications from a variety of sources.