OECD: Mexico ranks first in teen pregnancy

Teenagers are not prepared for gestation

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02/09/2017 09:44

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Perla Miranda




Mexico ranked first in teenage pregnancy, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The organization indicates that the figure increased from 30 to 37 per 1,000 between 2005 and 2011.

Alejandro Rosas, from the Unit of Research in Adolescent Medicine (Unidad de Investigación en Medicina de la Adolescente) of the National Institute of Perinatology (Instituto Nacional de Perinatología abbreviated INP), highlighted that Mexico has a teenage pregnancy red alert until figures decrease.

About 31.2% of Mexican teenagers between 15 to 19 are sexually active, 56% resulting in pregnancy.

Data from the 2014 National Survey of Demographic Dynamics (Encuesta Nacional de la Dinámica Demográfica abbreviated ENADID) shows that among teenagers between 15 to 19, 49% of the couples did not use any method of contraception at first sexual intercourse.

INP researcher established that this population is not prepared to conceive, since the teen moms are in a stage of growth, and miscarriage, preterm birth, and low birth weight babies are some of the main causes of adverse perinatal outcome.

"Their body suffers considerable physical exhaustion; gestation will lead to possible eating disorders and intrauterine growth restriction risking the baby's well being."


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