Teen Pregnancy: Policy's Role in Prevention

June 10, 2003

The Center for Health Improvement summarizes what works in preventing teen pregnancy: education, access to contraceptives and health care, and youth development programs that enhance opportunities and options for the future. Sixty percent of teens are sexually active by age 18. Sexuality education programs that include information about both abstinence and contraception can delay sex or reduce the frequency and number of sexual partners, and increase the use of condoms.