Unintended pregnancy among U.S. adolescents: accounting for sexual activity

Lawrence B. Finer, Guttmacher Institute

First published on Journal of Adolescent Health:

| DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.02.002
Abstract / Summary

Unintended pregnancy rates typically include all women in the denominator. This understates adolescent rates because many adolescents are not sexually active. When rates are recalculated including only sexually active people, adolescents aged 15–19 years have the highest rates, arguing for a continued focus on adolescents in efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy.