A new study reveals teen pregnancy rates drop significantly after age 19.
The startling correlation was reported by millions of family planning centers nationwide after a 5 years study conducted by an exclusive research team led by Dr. Sandra McKinnon.
Dr. Sandra McKinnon reported the team’s findings during a recent US Reproductive Studies Symposium. “It is an undisputed fact that teen pregnancy rates are nearly non-existent when a woman reaches the age of 20. If you encourage your adolescents to abstain from sexual intercourse until they reach this age, the chances of them becoming teen parents are incredibly slim–Almost nonexistent.
“While the parents are concerned with protecting their young daughters from badly timed pregnancies, we’re concerned with finding the correlation between the age of 20, and it’s effect on teen pregnancy.
Dr. McKinnon’s findings were hailed as “groundbreaking and revolutionary” by senior researchers who have been attempting for the past 30 years to find methods which could reduce teen pregnancy rates.
“I have faith that this new information will really change the face of reproductive education.” Said Dr. Benjamin Harbo, President of the US Reproductive Studies Symposium. “I believe these studies will empower young women to avoid early motherhood so that they can develop their lives and careers prior to making the choice to get pregnant.”
These findings gave others hope. Shelly Keaton, mother of 9 children had her first child at age 18. “To think if I would have just waited just two more years… I would have never been a teen mother.” She continued, with tears in her eyes, “I want to protect other women from the situation I faced, because let me tell you, teen motherhood is no picnic. You could easily end up with a litter of children who you’re simply unable to support. I still have no idea how to feed all these kids. My life is chaos. Pure, never-ending chaos. Please, abstain from sex until you are 20.”
© Jane M. Agni (2017, March 01)
Originally Published On Every Woman Weekly