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

J Adolesc Health. 2010 Sep;47(3):312-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.02.002. Epub 2010 Apr 9.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Unwanted*
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • United States
  • Young Adult