teens & sex

Facts

Since a lot of the debates surrounding reproductive health - abortion, birth control and STDs - are particularly concerned with youth and sexual behavior, cJ thought a separate fact page on teens and sex was in order.

Contraception use

What percent of teens used contraception the first time they had sex? (2002) (CDC)

females

  • none: 25.5%
  • condom: 66.4%
  • pill: 16.5%
  • withdrawal: 7.5%
  • dual methods (condom and hormonal): 13.1%

males

  • none: 18%
  • condom: 70.9%
  • pill: 14.9%
  • withdrawal: 9.8%
  • dual methods (condom and hormonal): 10.4%

What percent of teen females have used emergency contraception (such as Plan B)? (2002)

  • 8.1%

Percent of teen females who had sex 3 months before the interview who used: (2002)

  • condoms: 54.3% (up from 38.2% in '95)
  • the pill: 34.2% (up from 25% in '95)
  • two methods at the same time: 19.5% (up from 8.4% in '95)

How much sex?

Rates of sexual intercourse among teens (CDC - pdf) (2002)

What percent of teens (15-19) are having sex?

  • 46% females (down from 49% in '95)

    • 30% ages 15-17 (down from 38% in '95)
    • 69% ages 18-19 (up from 68% in '95)
  • 46% males (down from 55% in '95)
    • 31% ages 15-17 (down from 43% in '95)
    • 64% ages 18-19 (down from 75% in '95)

How many sexual partners do teenagers have?

Females ages 15-17

  • 74% none
  • 19% one
  • 7% 2 to 3
  • 1% 4 or more

Females ages 18-19

  • 35% none
  • 40% one
  • 16% 2-3
  • 8% 4 or more

31% of males ages 15-19 have two or more partners

Abortion and Minors

Of all abortions, how many are received by teenagers:

Number of states that require minors to receive permission from their parents, or to notify them, before having an abortion:

Percentage of minors who have abortions that tell their parents:

Rates and attitudes about teen pregnancy (CDC)

What percent of births were intended (or "happened at the right time")

  • 29% of births to mothers ages 18-19 (compared to 76% of births to women ages 25-44)

Probabability of giving birth at age:

  • 15: 1%
  • 16: 2%
  • 17: 4%
  • 18: 9%
  • 19: 13%
  • 20: 18%

how many - ultimately - are having kids

teenage birth rates

source: CDC (pdf)

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