Teen Birth Rate Declines to Record Low in U.S.

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Perhaps Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 are becoming obsolete? The birth rate among teenagers hit a record low in 2012, government research shows.

There is evidence that a trend of more effective means of birth control is a factor, according to the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC.

Watching Farrah Abraham and Jenelle Evans can't hurt, either.

The birth rate among young women ages 15 to 19 fell 6 percent last year, to 29.4 births per thousand, the lowest rate in the 73 years of data collection.

The decline was across all racial and ethnic groups.

The 2012 number was a significant drop and follows fairly sizable declines since 2007, when the rate was 41.5 births per thousand young women ages 15 to 19.

In fact, except for a small uptick between 2005 and 2007, the teen birth rate has been steadily declining since 1991, when it reached 61.8 births per thousand.

The data used comes from the birth certificate that parents must complete at the hospital and it provides a wealth of information regarding demographics.

But to figure out why exactly the teen birth rate is falling, researchers have to rely on extensive surveys, and the results are much harder to pin down.

There is not much evidence of a change in abortion use and not much change in sexual activity, according to analysts, meaning birth control may be up.

Or better, or better used.

While condom use increased substantially in the 1990s and early 2000s among high schoolers, it actually declined slightly after that, according to the CDC.

At the same time, medical professionals have increasingly been recommending the IUD, a small, plastic device that is inserted and left inside the uterus.

While it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, the IUD can be used in combination with a condom, which does offer such protection.

Beyond teens, the birth rate for American women in their early twenties also declined in 2012, to a new record low of 83.1 births per 1,000 women.

Birth rates rose for women in their late thirties and early forties.

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Esther vineyard

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I attribute this to common sense and maybe bad sex!" Just sayin".

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@ No, its time to get off the Di

Your asking a lot aren't you! Popularity status is measured by how many dicks.. these days? I can assure you another prediction! Marriage rate will drop each & every year because every stupid thing that's done is now on film & UTube!

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Yeah...it is a bunch if BS, but it's progressive Hollywoid's wet dream...population control and control if our kids. Nowhere does it say why. Personal responsibility probably not a big factor. "Free" condoms and birth control as well as "free" anortion on demand also at my expense probably a big reason why. So...nothing to brag about since the gov steals money out if my check to "control" this. Before you give me this "would you rather they have the baby and bitch about supporting it its whole life?" Let me say first congrats...you've proven my point that I'm expected to foot the bill for other people's kids (no responsibility) and (2) yes I'd prefer they have it and give it to a couple willing to adopt it.

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@ Shelly

Yeah but it's not all about you is it? Do you realize how much effort it takes be an empty headed, living to twerk unskilled,facebook addicted, hollow hearted, zero motivated individual?-There must be 50 freaking ways to keep from getting pregnant and yes it from our taxes! This is where we are! It sounded like such a good plan to so many! The reality????? Reality says that (A) there game plan has gone to shit! (B) they ( the entitled) have pissed every tax paying,self motivated, accountable, responsible person off TO THE POINT that we no longer give a damn if they or their offspring make it or not! What someone forgot to tell these people is that- we have been supporting these (Havenots) 4 years. Taxes, donations, volunteering, contributions and for the GOVERNMENT to have the AUDACITY to say that we need to DIG DEEPER and support the same people that have the nerve to point fingers and accuse US of everything under the sun? Well...... It's back to square ONE! The desire to reach out and help is at an ALLTIME LOW! You cannot trash the shit out of people for years and then expect sympathy! Maybe in the Kardashian work but not in the real world! Swing right--//-Swing way right! As Herman Cain says- if one job ain't enough- GET 2!

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That is B.S.! I can walk into the neighborhood Walmart and count about 6 females under 17 who are pregnant! Or even walk into a public health dept. about 20 girls will be sitting there-not a freaken clue as to what is in store for them--so sad!

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@ Amy

The key words are being..... pregnant & Walmart. Yes- it is hard to believe because there are bellies stuck out everywhere and most probably haven't a clue who daddy is. The don't have a clue- thats true. You would have to be a special kind of stupid to get your single pregnant ass in a FOREVER screwed situation.

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NAÏVE AMERICA IS THINKING TWICE NOW?
(you can't fool puberty)

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Yep, its official. Mercun chicks are to fat to fuck

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Well, it declined every where except horse heads new york. The girls here are THE nastiest fucking whores I have ever met.