What are the benefits of preventing teen pregnancy?
A teen pregnancy occurs when a young woman aged 13-19 becomes pregnant. While teen birth rates in the United States are at an all-time low, teens still face the challenge of becoming parents. Pregnancies in teens are more likely to be unplanned and, unfortunately, can come with life-altering consequences.
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According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies, nearly half of Tennessee students say they’ve had sex. It must be noted the best way to avoid pregnancy and protection against sexually transmitted diseases is through abstinence. While contraceptives help, they are not 100 percent effective.
So, what are the benefits of preventing teen pregnancy? There’s nothing wrong with pregnancy. However, students benefit the most if they wait to have sex, which prevents becoming pregnant. That’s because the consequences of raising a child are much more difficult for teens. In fact, it’s much more difficult for teen parents to graduate high school or get a college degree because of the responsibilities of raising a child.
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