According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a recent drop in teen pregnancy. The reason for the decline is not due to contraceptives, but due to the declining number of sexually active teenagers. The CDC released its National Health Statistics Report on December 14th where it documents the national estimates of teen sexual activity and contraceptive use among teenagers ages 15 to 19. NSFG conducted in-person interviews with 21,441 males and females, including 3,812 teenagers, between September 2015 and September 2019. The interview subjects consisted of 1,894 females and 1,918 males ages 15 to 19. According to the report, from 2015 to 2019, 40 percent of female teenagers and 38.7 percent of male teenagers had ever experienced intercourse with a partner of the opposite sex.
In 2022, the CDC released a report that teenage birth rates had fallen to the lowest levels ever. The report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, showed the birth rate among 15- to 19-year-olds in 2022 was 13.5 per 1,000 females. Which was a 3 percent drop from the rate of 13.9 per 1,000 in 2021 and a record low in the United States. "I'm excited the U.S. has made significant progress in reducing pregnancies among youth," Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, dean of the Duke University School of Nursing and whose research interests include teen sexual and reproductive health, told ABC News. "The all-time low should be an indication that we're continuing to move in the right direction." Dr. Monica Woll Rosen, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Michigan Medicine who specializes in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, added that there is always more work to be done when it comes to reducing the number of teen pregnancies. "The number is not zero and teens get pregnant all the time, who may not want to be pregnant but may not be aware of contraceptive options or options for emergency contraception and so [people should] still consider education necessary and at the forefront and the birth rate can still improve even though it's at an all-time low right now," she said.