U.S. Teen Birth Rate Plummets

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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Plummets
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Tue, 05-28-2013 - 9:01am

According to a new study discussed in Health Day News, the teen birth rate has dropped by nearly half since 1991. "The study did not get into the reasons for the decline. However, experts attribute the declines to strong teen-pregnancy-prevention messages, increased use of birth control with the first sexual experience and the use of dual contraceptive methods, such as condoms plus the pill.

The report is a reason to cheer but not to think the problem is solved, said one expert not involved in the study. The new finding "underscores the remarkable progress this nation has made," said Bill Albert, chief program officer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C." read more

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Karla
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Tue, 05-28-2013 - 7:06pm

I think the reduction in rate has to do with the rise of oral sex and the rise of anal sex. You can't get pregnant that way and it's increasingly common for kids to "fool around" that way since it's "not real sex." I think the other issues -awareness and birth control help, but I still see plenty of teen pregnancy were I'm standing in the middle of a high school. 

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