May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and here at Clarity, we’re obviously all about all things pregnancy. Besides, we see countless pregnant high school students in our community year-round so it only feels natural to join in on the discussion!
Did you know?
- There were 20.3 teen births for every 1000 females ages 15-19 in 2016.*
- The teen birth rate in the United States is at a historic low, but it remains higher than the rate in many other developed countries.*
Teen pregnancy rates are actually at a historic low, but about 2% of births are still from women who are between 15-19 years old. That’s the high school years and just after! And high school is stereotypically all about finding good friends, attending the big game, studying for your big math final, or deciding what to do after graduation. But for that 2%? They are getting up for 2am feedings, changing diapers, and trying to do the best for their baby (and taking those pesky math tests on top of all that!). Mama-ing is hard at any age, but doing it before high school graduation, landing that dream job, or meeting the perfect guy, can be even harder.
That’s why at Clarity we are not just about helping you when that stick turns pink, but are also about preventing an unplanned pregnancy before you are ready. And if you’re not ready to parent, and still have many years until you are, then you owe it to yourself to have strong boundaries when it comes to your sexual choices. And to talk about those boundaries early on with your significant other.
While getting pregnant can happen to anyone having sex, there are some factors that may put you more at risk:
I mean, who doesn’t have low self-esteem sometimes or some friends who are sexually active?! Statistically speaking, if you’re reading this and a teenager, you are at risk for an unplanned pregnancy (!). And without sounding like the PE teacher from Mean Girls, it truly only takes once! Take it from people who have to remind this to shocked pregnant women on a weekly basis ?.
So guard yourself- your body and your heart. Have conversations about your sexual boundaries early on in a relationship and make sure you are both on the same page. I know it can be so hard to resist when the feeling feels right. But those strong boundaries can be critical guard rails during that ‘perfect’ moment. Because Teen Pregnancy Prevention isn’t up to some council or campaign…it’s completely up to your choices. So make ones you are proud of.
*stats taken from: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/news/teen-pregnancy-prevention-month/index.html