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Teenage Pregnancy Essay

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Teen pregnancies in the Philippines
By Rebecca B. Singson
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Filed Under: People, Lifestyle & Leisure

MANILA, Philippines—The sexual revolution has ushered in a period in which the average adolescent
experiences tremendous pressures to have sexual experiences of all kinds. Filipino teens get a higher
exposure to sex from the Internet, magazines, TV shows, movies and other media than decades ago, yet
without any corresponding increase in information on how to handle the input. So kids are pretty much left to
other kids for opinions and value formation when it comes to sex.
Sexual misinformation is therefore equally shared in the group. Parents at home and teachers in ...view middle of the document...

The 1998 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) reveals that 3.6 million of our teenagers (that’s
a whopping 5.2 percent of our population!) got pregnant. In 92 percent of these teens, the pregnancy was
unplanned, and the majority, 78 percent, did not even use contraceptives the first time they had sex. Many of
the youth are clueless that even on a single intercourse, they could wind up pregnant.
Risks
There are many reasons teen pregnancies should be avoided. Here’s a low down on the facts:
• Risk for malnutrition
Teenage mothers tend to have poor eating habits and are less likely to take recommended daily
multivitamins to maintain adequate nutrition during pregnancy. They are also more likely to smoke, drink or
take drugs during pregnancy, which can cause health problems for the baby.
• Risk for inadequate prenatal care
Teenage mothers are less likely to seek regular prenatal care which is essential for monitoring the growth of
the fetus; keeping the mother’s weight in check; and advising the mother on nutrition and how she should
take care of herself to ensure a healthy pregnancy. According to the American Medical Association, babies
born to women who do not have regular prenatal care are 4 times more likely to die before the age of 1 year.

• Risk for abortion
Unplanned pregnancies lead to a higher rate of abortions. In the United States, nearly 4 in 10 teen
pregnancies (excluding those ending in miscarriages) are terminated by abortion. There were about 274,000
abortions among teens in 1996.
In the Philippines, although abortion is illegal, it would shock you to know that we even have a higher
abortion rate (25/1,000 women) compared to the United States where abortion is legal (23/1,000 women).
For sure, there are more abortions that happen in our country that are not even reported. Backdoor abortions
are resorted to with untrained “hilots” with questionable sterility procedures, increasing the possibility for
tetanus poisoning and other complications.
• Risk for fetal deaths
Statistics of the Department of Health show that fetal deaths are more likely to happen to young mothers,
and that babies born by them are likely to have low birth weight.
• Risk for acquiring cervical cancer
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually-transmitted, wart-forming virus that has been implicated in
causing cancer of the cervix. This is the most common cancer in women secondary to breast cancer.
Women who are at increased risk for acquiring this are those who engage in sex before 18, have a
pregnancy at or younger than 18, or have had at least 5 sexual partners, or have had a partner with at least
5 sexual partners.
If you start sex at an early age, you have a higher likelihood of going through several sexual partners before
you settle down, thus increasing your exposure to acquiring the virus and acquiring cervical cancer. The men
can get genital warts from this virus and can certainly pass it on to their partners, thus increasing her risk for...

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