TITLE

U.S. teen pregnancy rates decline due to improved contraceptive use

PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Contraceptive Technology Update;Mar2007, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p25
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Results of a new analysis of national data indicate that 86% of the recent drop in U.S. teen pregnancy rates is the result of improved contraceptive use, while 14% of the decline can be attributed to teens waiting longer to start having sex. • Between 1995 and 2002, U.S. teen pregnancy rates declined by almost one-quarter. When researchers looked at results by age, they found that delays in sexual activity played a greater role than improved contraceptive use for younger teens ages 15-17, while among those ages 18-19, the decline in the risk was due entirely to improved contraceptive use. • Since 1996, more than $1 billion in federal- and state-matching funds have been committed to abstinence-only programs.
ACCESSION #
25056534

 

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