Sex Education & Better Contraceptives Lead to Decline in Teen Pregnancies
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Nation-wide, the number of teen pregnancies is at an all-time low. Health clinics in Charlottesville have seen a steady decline of teenage pregnancies over the past few years. Experts said better contraceptives and more sex education classes are the reason for the decline.
Data from the Virginia Department of Health going back to 1995 shows there were more than 400 teenage pregnancies in Charlottesville, along with Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties.
Each year since then, the number has been lower. The most recent data is from 2017, stated there were less than 100 pregnancies for the area.
"Most of us in the medical community do feel like adolescents are becoming more effective contraceptive users, so contraceptive use is playing a huge role in that. There are increased rates of abstinence and that can be contributed to comprehensive sex education in schools,” said Chantal Scott, General Obstetrics and Gynecology assistant professor with University of Virginia Health System.
UVA Hospital does not have exact numbers, but doctors say they have also seen a decrease in pregnancies. Experts say for the numbers to keep decreasing, parents and educators need to continue to teach safe practices to children.