The uncomfortable truth about teen pregnancy

The scope of the problem: According to the World Health Organization, every year an estimated 21 million girls aged 15–19 in developing regions.

What is teen pregnancy: Teen pregnancy refers to pregnancy in a female under the age of 20. 

Social and cultural pressure: Indeed, many girls in the developing world face considerable pressure to marry early.

Lack of information: According to Plan International, lack of information about sexual and reproductive health.

Traditional customs: Family, community, and social pressure to marry and inadequate access to services tailored to young people.

Cause and consequence: The prevalence rate of child and forced marriage in many societies serves as another cause.

Low educational attainment: Similarly, low educational attainment is both a cause and a consequence of teenage pregnancy. 

Sexual abuse: Sexual violence and abuse is a very unfortunate factor in adolescent pregnancy and child maltreatment.

Teen pregnancy in the developed world: Many of the causes attributed to teen pregnancy in the developing world.

Teen pregnancy rates in the United States: The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world.

Worrying figures: In fact, every year in the US about 750,000 teenage pregnancies occur.

Consequences of teen pregnancies: Teen pregnancy has immediate and long-term consequences for both teen parents.

Mental health issues: Teen moms are twice as likely to experience postpartum depression as their adult counterparts.

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