Pregnancy rate reaches 12-year low

Single, married or teen, pregnancy rates are down across the board. Credit: Colourbox
Single, married or teen, pregnancy rates are down across the board.
Credit: Colourbox

It may seem like everyone’s getting pregnant, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. pregnancy rates are currently at a 12-year low, with teen pregnancy rates being lower than ever. The reasons are not surprising: Women are waiting longer to have children, spending the majority of their 20s focusing on their career and then starting a family in their 30s, an age group the government found the pregnancy rate has gone up.

When it comes to teen pregnancy, one of the main reasons the rate is down is because more teens are using condoms and have an increased knowledge overall about birth control and safe sex. Even with teen moms dominating the media, American teens as a whole do not idolize teen parenthood and are taking measures to use birth control when making the decision to have sex.

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