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  • 1. Reducing the high rate in teen pregnancy<br />Date: April 16, 2010<br />Subject: To provide recommendations to reducing teen pregnancy.<br />To: Student Health Service Director or Community Officials<br />Enclosed is the report pertaining to the increased rate of teenage pregnancy. The purpose of this report is to inform the ascending pregnancy rate in teens. Teenage pregnancy is increasing, that’s a problem itself but there are consequences that follows teenage pregnancy.<br />In this report it is evaluated in serval sections. First) What was the percentage rate of births out of teen mothers. Second) What were the consequence for the teens who gotten pregnant. Third) How many teens are sexually active and how many of those sexual active teens were protecting themselves against pregnancy. Fourth) Diagrams will be shown to demonstrate the percentage of teens having sex and another diagram of how many teens get pregnant. This report will end with recommendations on how teen pregnancy can be reduced and how the recommendations can be obtained.<br />It is my goal to fully explain an analyzed rate of teenage pregnancy and to inform that increasing rate. I also want to make some suggestions as to how to reduce teenage pregnancy around the community and I think this report will provide to be useful. I can be reached at 956-456-7112 or e-mailed at Campos_0927@yahoo.com. If you have any questions in mind please do not hesitate to contact me.<br />Thank you,<br />Sonia Campos<br />Report:<br />Reducing the high rate in teen pregnancy<br />Prepared by Sonia Campos<br />DMD student<br />Report Distributed April 16, 2010<br />Prepared for Student Health Service Director or Community officials <br />ABSTRACT<br />This report closely examines the high rate in pregnancy. It will have a thoroughly analyzed birth rate to teen pregnancy. The purpose of this report is to provide the student health service director or community health officials the increased rate in teen pregnancy and some recommendations that can help reduce the rate. Research concerning on this topic were found through articles and report from a website that contributes to women’s health issues. In that website articles were found concerning to teenage pregnancy and the high rate in teen pregnancy. The data found explained the increased rate in teen pregnancy and how many teens are sexually active among age and race and how many of those sexually active teenagers protect themselves against pregnancy. Recommendations are given at the end of the report with a few suggestions to reducing the rate in teenage pregnancy: 1) Condoms, 2)Birth control pills, 3) Teaching abstinence.<br />Table of Contents TOC o " 1-3" h z u ABSTRACT PAGEREF _Toc259228126 h iiiEXECUTIVE SUMMARY PAGEREF _Toc259228127 h 1INTRODUCTION PAGEREF _Toc259228128 h 2BACKGROUND PAGEREF _Toc259228129 h 2DATA PAGEREF _Toc259228130 h 3ANALYSIS OF SEXUALLY ACTIVE TEENS PAGEREF _Toc259228131 h 4ANALYSIS OF TEEN PREGNANCY INCREASING PAGEREF _Toc259228132 h 5CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS PAGEREF _Toc259228133 h 6REFERENCE PAGE PAGEREF _Toc259228134 h 7<br />EXECUTIVE SUMMARY<br />This report closely examines the high rate in pregnancy. This report will have a thoroughly analyzed rate of teenagers getting pregnant. It will also explain the percentage of how many teens are sexually active depending on the age and race and how many of those teens are protecting themselves against pregnancy. The purpose of this report is to provide information to the student health service director or community officials of the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy and some recommendations that can help reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy.<br />Research found on this topic will be data from a website that contributes to women’s health issues. In the website, articles were found pertaining to the issue of teen pregnancy. It explains the increased rate of teen pregnancy and the consequences from having children at such a young age. Consequences not only happens to the young parent but also to the children.<br />The data found explains increased rate of teen pregnancy from the previous decade. It also explains the percentage of birth between age and race. Although the resource found does show a drop in pregnancy rate in the year 1990 to 1997, it has increased by five to fourteen percent. Consequences were included that pertains to the teens who have children at such an early age, some are followed as: dropping out of school, job opportunity decreases, financially poor. Low birth weight is one of the consequences for the children born out of teen mothers. In the data it will also explain how many teens are sexually active and how many of them are protecting themselves of getting pregnant at a young age. The data will be demonstrated by diagrams.<br />Based on the finding within the topic of teenage pregnancy, there will be recommendations that explains some suggestions to reducing teenage pregnancy. The following recommendations are followed: (1) The first recommendations would be condoms. Condoms both protect against pregnancy and STD’s, (2) The second suggestion would be birth control pills. Although birth control pills does not protect against STD’s it does a great job at reducing pregnancy, (3) The third suggestion would be talking abstinence to the young teenagers.<br />INTRODUCTION<br />Teenage pregnancy is at high rate. But why is it in a high rate? Teenagers are engaging in more sexual activities yet some of them aren’t protecting themselves. In this report it will closely examine the increased rate of teenage pregnancy. It will also explain how many teens are being sexually active and how many of them are protecting themselves depending on age and race. The purpose of this report is to provide information to the student health service director or community officials a thoroughly analyzed data of the increased rate of teenage pregnancy and to provide the percentage of a solution and that there was once a solution that worked to reducing teenage pregnancy. There should be a reason to care about this matter for these young teenagers and the children born out of teens and the problems that arise from the teenage girls getting pregnant. Recommendations will be give on how teenage pregnancy can be reduced.<br />BACKGROUND<br />The research I have accessed as a primary source will be from surveys, along with secondary resource that will come from articles and forums that is contributed by a women’s health website. <br />Involved in the primary research, students around the community of TSTC were given certain questions pertaining to the subject of teenage pregnancy. They were asked about their thoughts and opinions about the dilemma of teen pregnancy and how it can be solved in any way.<br />The questions I had in mind that I wanted to be answered pertaining to the topic of increased birth rate to teens were such as: Why are there so many teenagers pregnant? That is one of the basic questions that came to mind.<br />Other research beside the primary source gathered for the topic of teenage pregnancy will be the secondary sources from a website that dedicates the site about women health issues. In that website there are articles pertaining to teenage pregnancy.<br />According to a community service article about Teenage pregnancy, it discusses the decreased rate of teenage pregnancy. Then will it discuss the increased rate of teenage pregnancy. There will also be a discussion where among the age and race of how many teens are being sexually active and how many of them are protecting themselves against getting pregnant. <br />There are many consequences for teenage mothers such as they are more likely to drop out of school, limit their employment options and increase the likelihood that the mother and child will be poor and economically vulnerable. It is also a known fact that children born to teenage parents are likely to be of low birth-weight and follow their parents footsteps.<br />DATA<br />Students around the community were given questions pertaining to the subject of teen pregnancy. The basic questions asked was: What are your thoughts about teen pregnancy and do you think there is an increasing rate? One person answered that teen pregnancy is getting worse than increasing and that it’s preventable and a matter of supervision. Another person answered “stupid irresponsible”. Another person answered that teenagers getting pregnant has increased and that it can be avoided. Each person had an opinion pertaining to the subject of teen pregnancy and most answered that teenage pregnancy is an increasing rate. (Campos, 2010)<br />Anyone can see that teen pregnancy is increasing. It’s an alarming rate and it’s everywhere. To find data about the high rate in teenage pregnancy it was necessary to find statistics and the percentage of this dilemma. According to a report about 40 percent of American women become pregnant before the age of 20. Although in 1900 the rate of pregnancies dropped from the peak of 117 for every 1000 young women ages 15 to 19 to 101 in 1995. That is about a 14 percent drop. Similarly teen birth rate has dropped from 62 for every 1000 young women ages 15 to 19 in 1991, to 54 in 1996, a 12 percent decline. During that 5 year period, the National Center for Health Statistics reports that the actual number of birth to teens dropped by 5 percent that is close to half a million each year (When teens have sex, 1999).<br />So what was behind the overall drop rate. It seems that teenagers are trying to prevent pregnancies. There was two main reasons: fewer teens are having sex and those who are having sex are using contraceptives. It has been noted by the National Center for Health Statistics that teens who are having sex are more likely to use condoms.<br />-190504895850That was then, now teen birth rate is higher than it was 10 years ago. At least 1 out of very 10 teen females became pregnant in 1992.  In fact using the 1996 rate to project the number of teen births in the year 2005 suggests a 14 percent increase in the numbers of teen pregnancy. So what does that mean? It says that by the year of 2005 3 out of 10 teens will be pregnant<br />The rate and numbers of teen pregnancies is a cause for alarm. Beside the Premature parenthood in the youth's life that complicates their life, there are many consequences for the young parents and the child. Some of the consequences will be followed:<br />young women who has a child is less likely to complete school<br />limits employment options<br />increase the likelihood of being poor<br />economically vulnerable<br />Not only does the teen parents have consequence but so does to the children born out of teens. The consequences for the child would be that they are likely to be of low birth weight and face health risks (When teens have sex, 1999).<br />ANALYSIS OF SEXUALLY ACTIVE TEENS<br />From the year 1900 to 1997 there has been some improvement of teens not getting pregnant at a young age. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention they conducted a overview of young teenagers having sex (when teens have sex, 1999).<br />19901997TOTAL54%48%GENDERMale61%49%Female48%45%RACE/ETHNICITYNon-Hispanic White52%44%Non-Hispanic Black72%73%Hispanic53%52%GRADE9TH40%38%10TH48%43%11TH57%50%12TH72%61%<br />This graphic clearly demonstrates the decreasing rate of teens being sexually active. National Center for Health Statistics notes that 45% of these teens that are having sex are using protection against pregnancy in 1990 and it went up to 57% in 1997. But the only downfall to this graph is that it doesn’t show how many of these active teens are pregnant.<br />Although this does shows improvement, that was over a decade ago. Now the birth rate to teen pregnancy has increased which only means that teens are becoming even more sexually active.<br />ANALYSIS OF TEEN PREGNANCY INCREASING<br />There has been a significant increase of teenagers getting pregnant. It has been said that 1 out 10 teen girls got pregnant in 1992. It was also suggested that by 2005 there will be a 14 percent increase of teenagers getting pregnant (when teens have sex, 1999).<br />Blue bar = not pregnantRed bar = pregnant.<br />Each bar can represent a teen. This graphic shows that 1 out of 10 teens become pregnant.<br />So if there was a 14 percent increase, how many teens out of 10 teens will be pregnant. I estimate that it could be about 2-4 teens out of 10 will be pregnant.<br />CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS<br />Now that the data has been presented and evaluated with an analysis of increasing teen pregnancy it is evident that there is a dilemma to consider in the crisis for teen pregnancy. There are many reasons that teenagers get pregnant, many that are too long to explain but the problem of teen pregnancy can be reduced in different suggestions.<br />Due to many teenagers getting pregnancy the following given will be recommendation on to reducing teenage pregnancy:<br />The first recommendations will be offering condoms at students health service centers and community health centers. Condoms offer protection for pregnancy and for STD's. Condoms can be accessed in any drugstores, grocery stores, convenience stores and many other places. Some young teenagers may feel awkward buying one but they can get them free at testing centers, health clinic or at students health service center. Teenagers who can get access to condoms at students health center or at community health centers will provide useful to reduce teen pregnancy. Condoms is an obvious solution and everyone knows about it but do these teenagers really use it. It would be the male that usually takes the responsibility to require a condom during sexual intercourse, but can they really be reliable. So now I will move on to the second solution.<br />Another suggestion to prevent teenage pregnancy is to provide birth control pills. Although birth control does prevent pregnancy it doesn't prevent STD's, but it is still a better option for preventing pregnancy in my opinion. As I had stated before, can condoms really be reliable? Condoms can break whereas birth control is more a satisfactory option to prevent pregnancy. Some places needs parental consent while others don't and birth control can be easily obtained in free clinics. With birth control pills it can be a effective suggestion to prevent birth but it will be the females responsibility to always take the pill. Birth control pills is not free but I think it should become a great deal to inform the teenagers of birth control pills when they are becoming sexually active and should avoid teen pregnancy.<br />Teaching abstinence is another way to reduce teenage pregnancy. But at this modern time having sex has become common in teenagers. While teaching abstinence might help some, most end up not listening and have sex anyway without proper guidance and information.  Although this can be still a useful tactic among some teenagers.<br />REFERENCE PAGE<br />(1999). “When teens have sex: Issues and Trends A kids count special report.” OBGYN.net. Retrieved on March 29, 2010 from http://www.obgyn.net/young-woman/young-woman.asp?page=/yw/articles/aecf/overview. <br />Campos, S. (2010). [Thoughts of Teen Pregnancy.] Unpublished survey.<br />“For Love of latex.” It’s your sex life.com. Retrieved on April 8, 2020 from http://www.itsyoursexlife.com/protect/articles/for-love-of-latex. <br /> <br />