DR. DAWN PERRY
40% of teen girls get pregnant at least once
before age 20
66% of all students have sex prior to high
school graduation, increasing their risk for
pregnancy and/or STDs
Teens who have given birth face bleak
future prospects for their educational and
economical well being
Teen parents' children's future prospects are even
worse; poorer health, more behavioral problems,
worse educational outcomes and more likely to
become teen parents themselves
Many sexually active teens still do not use
contraception correctly and consistently every
time they have sex, particularly condoms at the
first sexual experience
One in four sexually active teens will contract an
STD each year, some incurable, and HIV which
is life-threatening 
Where sexual activity was forced concerns
exist as individuals are victims of:
Illegal abortions and complications of sepsis,
infection, haemorrhage, infertility….death
Late presentation for prenatal care
Hidden pregnancies and deliveries.
Increased risk of problems in pregnancy
Anaemia, low blood count
High Blood Pressure
Poor nutrition and weight gain
Financial burdens limit quality of life of
parents and that given to offspring.
Environments generally also unsuitable for
raising young child…ie. broken home etc.
Young child therefore at risk of same ills.
Sexually active teen continues same
At risk for STI’s
May continue to suffer abusive relationships
May conceive other pregnancies
Stronger education wrt sex education
Increase awareness of fertility issues, condom
usage, contraceptive knowledge.
Emergency contraception awareness
Stronger social services support networks for
victims of sexual abuse.
Support for those whom have already conceived
or had children. School programs etc.