????Every year, more than a half-million U.S. girls in their teenage years or younger become pregnant. The more we let this continue, then the less chance we have to be able to decrease this problem. Although the birth rate among teens is somewhat decreasing and the percentage of teenagers who have had sexual intercourse is declining, but it is still a multi-faceted problem affecting today’s youth. There are more things these teenagers can do like abstain from sexual activity and use things such as contraceptives to be protected. According to healthychildren.org, “.Teenage pregnancy is a condition that can be controlled in many ways. There are many available resources that can help with teaching about the importance of not having sex at a young age. Teen pregnancy rates can be decreased if these teens were more aware of what they could do to prevent from getting pregnant.
Teen pregnancy is a growing epidemic in the United States. Teen girls are becoming pregnant at an increasing rate. With television shows broadcasting shows such as “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom”, it is giving these teenage girls the idea that it is alright to have premarital sex and become pregnant at a young age. It is in a way condoning teen pregnancy. In this paper, I am going to be discussing teen pregnancy because of the options that are out there for the teens who find themselves in this situation and of what could be more advocated to prevent from this problem to continue.
There are many things available to them yet they don’t use them to their advantage. There are things like teen prevention programs where they can learn and be informed about the risks and things that can be done to be protected. There are also things that women can use like take contraceptives before having sex to be safe from getting pregnant. Many teen mothers and their child even after adjusting for those factors that increased the teenager’s risk for pregnancy, such as growing up in poverty, having parents with low levels of education, growing up in a single-parent family, and having poor performance in school. Infants born to teenage mothers are at increased risk for a number of health risks. They also can avoid going to the programs and using contraceptives if they just abstain from sexual activity. There are so many risks of having a child at a young age and this should make them more aware that teens can’t have a child at a young age. Teenagers today feel like adults just because they are able to do whatever they want because of the freedom that they are given by parents. If these problems were advocated them more, then fewer teens would be able to realize that the risks of having unprotected sex are not something they should be worrying about at a young age.
Teen pregnancy prevention programs have been shown, to have a positive effect on preventing things such as teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual risk behaviors. The schools that have money to afford these programs have less teen pregnancy rates than those schools that aren’t able to afford it was many of them drop out. According to HHS.gov, “Teen pregnancies happen because some adolescents are from neighborhoods in which income and employment opportunities are more limited”. The ones who are less likely to be pregnant are those who adolescents who are enrolled in school and engaged in learning. Also, according to cdc.gov, “Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls”. We need to have more of these programs so that these teenagers know that if they are protected when they don’t have to worry about becoming a mother at a young age. The many teenagers that are pregnant today most likely didn’t want to get pregnant and are now suffering because they have a huge responsibility for their child causing them to miss out on things such as school, and enjoying their teenage lives. Having a child changes their whole lives around and that is not what they should be worrying about at a young age.We have the resources but it’s just that they are not being used because they are not brought up to the attention of these teenagers especially with these programs.
Every school should have sex education classes that teach students about the consequences of sex. There are schools that do have sex education but some only focus on teaching abstinence, and others basically just tell you to use a condom. The schools should hire professionals who know how to talk to kids about sex, instead of teachers. The instructors should not only teach students to be abstinent, but they need to teach them all about contraception. Contraceptives are such an important and convenient thing that can be used so that, especially teenagers, can prevent from getting pregnant. They are the simplest thing that can be used and it’s not that hard to get. Many free clinics offer this but some are scared to even ask. They shouldn’t feel ashamed but they also should not have to through becoming a parent at a young age. I feel like many teenagers are afraid to ask themselves for what they need because they are embarrassed and feel like they would be judged for wanting to be sexually active.
Huge amounts of money are spent on these resources that are used to help teenagers from getting pregnant. The governments spend thousands of dollars each year because they provide these resources to be provided for women and men.. Not enough effort is put into reducing teen pregnancy rates, and one reason for this is that teenage pregnancy rates in the US have generally declined since the 1950’s. But that isn’t good enough because, despite the decline, the US still has one of the highest teen birth rates in the world. The statistics may be better than they were, but this is not reason enough to ignore the problem because it is still a very big problem. Besides the impact that teenage pregnancy has on all involved, the public costs related to it are estimated to be about billions of dollars every year. This is a huge amount of money and the government should set a few billion aside to reduce teen pregnancy, and then the final bill would be so much lower and money would be saved overall.
In conclusion, teenage pregnancy is a worldwide epidemic and a lot of teens do not understand how this will affect them and their child’s life. Although teenage pregnancy is a problem in today’s society, there has been a steady decline in the reoccurrence of teenagers becoming pregnant, but the outcome is still an unsuccessful part of a teen’s life and development into a productive citizen. Teenagers place themselves at a huge financial disadvantage with poor decision making. On average the cost of raising a child can place many families deeper into financial hardship. Educational programs are in place to assist teenagers with understanding the negative outcomes of having a child and designed to assist families in dealing with the situation of your teen daughter or son becoming a parent before they are ready. The number one solution to prevention is being abstinent or using contraceptives. Teenage pregnancy is a hard circumstance to handle and is in which is why there should be more resources so that they are more protected and more aware of the consequences.