The rationale behind Teenage Pregnancy
In many communities, it is something familiar to see the mistakes that a young teenage girl made
as they struggle to raise a child. As a result of this, many young girls drop out of school. Many of
the young girls have not been lectured on the several consequences that might result in if they do
not use protection appropriately. If this awareness was created in most institutions, then the teens
could be made aware of the possible consequences that might result from unsafe sex (Akella,
2018). The teens are not only at the risk of getting unwanted pregnancies, but they also expose
themselves to dangerous diseases.
Becoming pregnant at the teenage is very difficult as a result of the many responsibilities
which these teen moms need to undertake. Some girls don’t even plan to become pregnant at that
young age, but they still suffer the consequences of teenage pregnancy all the same. It does not
take much responsibility, but it results in some bizarre effects such as not getting the required
education. There is also the aspect of the stigma which is suffered by these teen moms as they
get judged by the environment that surrounds them (Akella, 2018). Teen pregnancy can,
however, be reduced effectively by taking appropriate civic action to get a better future for the
girls and enable them to raise the children better.
Teenage Pregnancy can also be referred to as adolescent pregnancy, and it is a pregnancy
in a female who is below the age of 20. Pregnancy can result from sexual intercourse at the
beginning of ovulation before the first menstrual periods (Ponsford, 2018). Such pregnancies
usually take place right after the onset of the periods of the young female. There are several
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causes of teenage pregnancy. One primary reason is peer pressure and sexual abuse. Peer
pressure is also a known major cause of sexual abuse. In most cases, the females are forced by
the older male partners to engage in sexual activity.
Sexual abuse is the primary reason for which the teens become pregnant. The sexual
harassment which occurs early in the lives of the teens is the primary cause of later teen
pregnancies. Teenage pregnancies result into effects, and some are very serious. The teen
mothers are exposed to a significant amount of stress which can result in severe mental concerns.
There are equally increased rates of postpartum depression as teenage mothers are highly
exposed to depression (Karai, 2018). These young mothers in most cases have higher rates of
suicidal ideation, unlike their age mates who have not become mothers.
Several mechanisms can be put in place to prevent or avoid teenage pregnancies. Having
sex talks is a suitable mechanism through which the adolescent pregnancies can be curbed. In
such discussions, the leader can explain about safe sex and encourage abstinence among the
youths. He or she can lay out the consequences of engaging in early sex and promote the
teenagers to gain experience by caring for the other babies (Pizzol, 2018). It is also supported for
people not to make sex a taboo subject but discuss it openly with the teenagers and present
before them the pros and cons involved. In such a manner, the teenage pregnancies will be
minimized or completely avoided.
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