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Sexual Health & Pregnancy

Things to Consider
woman's face Most teen pregnancies (at least 85 percent) are not planned, and having a child before you're ready can can really change your life in ways you didn't expect. If you are thinking about having sex, it is important to know that the effects can last a lifetime. Hear what some real teen parents have to say.

Here are some more facts about teen pregnancy:

  • Parenthood is the leading reason why teen girls drop out of school. Less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than two percent earn a college degree by age 30.

  • Two-thirds of families begun by a young unmarried mother are poor.

  • man's face Eight out of ten teen fathers don't marry the mother of
    their child.

  • Children who live apart from their fathers are also five times more likely to be poor than children with both parents
    at home.

  • The daughters of young teen mothers are three times more likely to become teen mothers themselves.

Want to Know More?
Teens in NYC have the right to sexual health services without getting permission from parents, girlfriends/boyfriends or anyone else. Click for the brochure.

Health Bulletin #90: How to Prevent Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections