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  DR. DAWN PERRY
TEENAGE PREGNANCY
   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
TEENAGE PREGNANCY
   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 [2]
TEENAGE PREGNANCY
   Where sexual activity was forced concerns
    exist as individuals are victims of:
   Incest
   Rape
TEENAGE PREGNANCY
   Clinical problems
       Denial
       Illegal abortions and complications of sepsis,
        infection, haemorrhage, infertility….death
       Late presentation for prenatal care
       Hidden pregnancies and deliveries.
       Infanticide
       Abondonment
Medical Problems
   Increased risk of problems in pregnancy

       Anaemia, low blood count
       High Blood Pressure
       Poor nutrition and weight gain
Teen Parenting
   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.
TEENAGE PREGNANCY
   Sexually active teen continues same
    behaviour patterns.
       At risk for STI’s
       May continue to suffer abusive relationships
       May conceive other pregnancies
Prevention
   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.

				
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