In the 1950s and 1960s, more than half of the women who conceived while they were single married before the child was born. The overwhelming majority of teen pregnancies are among unmarried teens.
The rate of teen pregnancy has steadily decreased since reaching an all-time high in the 1990s.
The rates have fallen because teenagers today have shown an increased use of longacting birth control and slight decreases in sexual activity.
The United States has the highest rates of pregnancy, abortion, and childbirth among teenagers in industrialized nations, a fact that results in considerable social anxiety and controversy.
Teen pregnancy is defined as pregnancy among girls and young women age 19 years and younger.