National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. By preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, one can improve other serious social problems including poverty (especially child poverty), child abuse and neglect, father-absence, low birth weight, school failure, and poor preparation for the workforce.
The teen pregnancy rate, which includes all pregnancies rather than just those that resulted in a birth, has fallen steeply. As of 2011 (the most recent data available), the rate was 52 pregnancies per 1,000 teen girls (age 15-19); some 553,000 teen pregnancies. The teen pregnancy rate has declined by 55% since its peak in 1990, and by 9% in the past year alone.
Notes: The data here represent the most recently available from a variety of sources. The most recent year available will varies by indicator.
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Sponsor: HHS Office of Adolescent Health
To learn more, visit http://www.hhs.gov