5 New Findings on Teen Pregnancy Rates

MAY 26, 2016
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
Teen pregnancies have decreased 61% since 1991, new CDC data suggest.
The data reflect a downward trend in birth rates among women aged 15 to 19 years from 1991 to 2014. The rate fell from 61.8 to 24.2 births per 1000, which is the lowest rate ever recorded.


Although this research didn’t examine what may have caused this notable drop in teen birth rates, CDC spokesperson Nikki Mayes told Plantsvszombies.info that some data indicate that there may be fewer teens having sex and also increased use of birth control.
“We do know that pharmacies can serve as an important point of health care services, particularly for young people who may face a number of barriers to receiving health care, such as lack of transportation, high costs of services, or concerns about privacy and confidentiality,” Mayes said. “Pharmacies can help teens overcome many of these barriers. Pharmacists have traditionally assisted customers with accessing OTC reproductive health products like condoms and pregnancy tests.”
Mayes noted that some states like California and Oregon are allowing pharmacists to provide some methods of hormonal contraception without a prescription, but the impact of this practice on teen birth rates is unclear at this point.
“While there is not going to be a one-size-fits-all solution to our nation’s teen pregnancy problem, 1 key component of our prevention efforts has to be ensuring teens have affordable access to the most effective family planning tools,” Mayes said. “Pharmacists can help fill this gap by providing youth friendly services.”
Here are 5 things pharmacists should know about teen birth rates, based on the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from April 29, 2016: