schools, but yet, some teenagers involve themselves in unsafe sex, which could lead to unwanted pregnancies.Peer pressure. A lot of teenagers indulge in early sexual behavior due to peer pressure.This is due to the fact that they feel the great need to be 'hip' and 'accepted' by their circle of friends. The only way they could probably achieve that would be by having a boyfriend or girlfriend or at least by dating and indulging in sexual acts often.Contraceptive Failure. Though there are many types and brands of contraceptives andemergency birth control pills easily available in the market, these are never a guarantee for complete safety. Only Mother Nature knows when she might want to get into action, so no formof birth control is going to be completely foolproof! (Fox,July 18,2008).Other causes of teenage pregnancy are:1.
Lack of Parental Guidance. Most people evade their children from talking about sex. Insome cases, they provide false information regarding sex and discourage their children to participate in any informative discussion about sex. In some cases, teenage mothers arenot well educated about sex before getting pregnant and thus this leads to lack of communication between the parents and the children.2.
Inadequate Knowledge about Safe Sex. Most adolescents are unaware of safe sex. They probably have no access to the traditional methods of preventing pregnancy. And themain reason behind is that they are either too embarrassed or fear to seek informationabout it. It was found that more than 80% of teenage pregnancies are unintended.3.
Exploitation by Older Men. This is another major factor that contributes to pregnancyamong the teenagers. Those girls who date older men are more likely to become pregnant before they attain womanhood. Rape, sexual exploitations etc. also takes place that leadsto unwanted pregnancy
among teenage girls.4.
Socio Economic Factors. Teenage girls who belong to the poor families are more likelyto become pregnant. Researchers have found that even in the developed countries teenage pregnancy occurs most commonly among the deprived sections.5.
Glamorization of Pregnancy. The movie industry and the media contribute to teenage pregnancy by glamorizing teen pregnancy in news stories and movies. Movies that depictteen pregnancy as something to be desired encourage teens to engage in reckless sexualactivity, according to ABC's "Good Morning America." During adolescence, teens become more focused on their appearance and how their peers perceive them. They wantto be seen as part of the group, so if teen pregnancy is viewed as acceptable in their school or amongst their friends, they may seek to become pregnant as a way to gainsocial acceptance. 6.
Teenage Drinking. Teen drinking can cause an unexpected pregnancy, according to thewebsite Love to Know. Many teens experiment with drugs and alcohol. Drinking lowersa teen's ability to control her impulses, contributing to 75 percent of pregnancies thatoccur between the ages 14 and 21. Approximately 91 percent of pregnant teens reportedthat although they were drinking at the time, they did not originally plan to have sexwhen they conceived.