Teenage pregnancy

Posted by e-Medical PPT Friday, June 25, 2010
Teenage pregnancy is defined as a teenaged or underaged girl (usually within the ages of 13–19) becoming pregnant. Save the Children found that, annually, 13 million children are born to women under age 20 worldwide, more than 90% in developing countries.Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of mortality among women between the ages of 15 and 19 in such areas.Pregnant teenagers face many of the same obstetrics issues as women in their 20s and 30s. However, there are additional medical concerns for younger mothers, particularly those under fifteen and those living in developing countries.
Causes of teenage pregnancy - Adolescent sexual behavior,lack of knowledge about Contraception,Age discrepancy in relationships,Sexual abuse,Dating violence,Socioeconomic factors,Childhood environment[Women exposed to abuse, domestic violence, and family strife in childhood] and Media influence
Most teenage pregnancies in the developed world appear to be unplanned.In some societies, early marriage and traditional gender roles are important factors in the rate of teenage pregnancy.The lack of education on safe sex, whether it’s from parents, schools, or otherwise, is a cause of teenage pregnancy. Many teenagers are not taught about methods of birth control and how to deal with peers who pressure them into having sex before they are ready. Many pregnant teenagers do not have any cognition of the central facts of sexuality.

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