September 9, 2013

Lowest Rate in 73 Years

1 Teen Birth Rate Declines to Historic Low

Teen birth rates are at the lowest they’ve been in the 73 years since the government has been collecting data, finds the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control. The numbers: among young women ages 15-19, the birth rate fell 6% in 2012, to 29.4 births per thousand. While the teen birth rate has been declining steadily since 1991, the 2012 decline is “a considerable one year drop,” says pediatrician Dr. John Santelli, Columbia University, who was not associated with the study. In 1991, the teen birth rate was 61.8 births per thousand. Researchers attribute the historically low statistic to more effective means of birth control, most notably, the IUD, which, while it doesn’t prevent STDs, can be used in combination with condoms to prevent pregnancy and STDs.

More at Msnbc.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Teen Birth Rate for 2009 Lowest Ever

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Columbia University, IUD, National Center for Health Statistics, STD, Teen Birth Rate, Dr. John Sentelli

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