Teen Pregnancy Prevention
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The vast majority of teen pregnancies (at least 82 percent) are unintended. But research has shown that science-based, comprehensive sexuality education, contraceptive access and youth development programs can help young people make choices that can protect them from unintended pregnancy.

Teens need youth-friendly services and complete, accurate information about abstinence, condoms, and contraception in order to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy. But they also need to be able to envision a positive future for themselves: one in which education, employment, and healthy relationships are possible. Further, empowering youth, and supporting women’s reproductive decisions, means pregnant or parenting teens should be supported, not stigmatized, by both government and culture.

If you are conducting research on adolescent pregnancy, check out  Advocates’ Adolescent Pregnancy Research Guide for the most recent news, scholarly research, and publications from a variety of sources.

General Facts 

Youth in Low- and Middle-Income Countries


In low- and middle-income countries, pregnancy (including complications from childbirth and unsafe abortion) is the leading cause of death for young women ages 15-19; half a million women worldwide die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Teens are twice as likely to die in childbirth as women over twenty.

Redressing Disparities in Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy continues to affect youth of color disproportionately, with rates for African American women and Latina women ages 15-19 that are more than double the rate for young white women.  In addition, one study has shown that young lesbian women are more likely to experience pregnancy than their heterosexual counterparts.

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