Despite popular talk about teen pregnancies, statistics show that young adults have twice as many unplanned pregnancies as teens.
- 50 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned and most of them are women in their 20's
- 70 percent of these unplanned pregnancies are single women
- 54 percent of women are still single when their child reaches 2 years of age.
- 1 in 4 couples in an unplanned pregnancy separate before their child is 2 years old.
- 57 percent of all abortions in the U.S. are from young women in their 20's. This is the highest abortion rate of any other age group
- There is no progress shown in decreasing young adult pregnancies over the years, in spite of a significant drop in the number of teen pregnancies
Although a woman's body is most fertile and with the least risk of a miscarriage during her 20's, you may not be ready to become a parent yet. Make sure to choose a reliable method of birth control if you are sexually active.
Most young adults are not emotionally prepared to be parents and are not financially stable. Babies that are born from unplanned pregnancies are more likely to suffer from physical and emotional challenges, as well as grow up in a low income environment that does not allow room for personal growth and achievement.
Decreasing unplanned pregnancy is the best way to reduce child poverty and ensure children are born into environments that promote a healthy future.
This section provides information about pregnancy, how to prevent becoming pregnant, and what you can do if you think you might be pregnant.
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Written By: Gergana Mishkova,
public health education intern
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: August 7, 2013
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Unintended Pregnancy Among Young People in the U.S., Advocates for Youth.
Unplanned Pregnancy Among 20-somethings: The Full Story, West Virginia Perinatal Partnership (PDF document).
Age & Fertility, The Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.
For More Information:
See our Parenthood article.