Teen pregnancy at historic low in Minnesota

Teen pregnancy and birth rates are at historic lows in Minnesota.

According to the University of Minnesota’s 2016 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report, pregnancy has declined 66 percent from 1990 to 2014 among teens age 15-19. Teen birth rates declined 58 percent during that same time.

In 1990, 8,636 Minnesota teens ages 15-19 got pregnant, compared to 3,561 in 2014.

The birth rate among adolescents age 15-19 in Minnesota decreased 8.1 percent from 2013 to 2014. Pregnancy rates decreased by 8.2 percent. The report says declines are driven by decreases in rates among Minnesota’s adolescent populations of color, mirroring a national trend.

"This report is a testament to the wise and healthy decisions young people are making about their sexual health," said Jill Farris, M.P.H., director of Adolescent Sexual Health Training and Education for HYD*PRC. "Still, pregnancy, birth and STIs negatively impact far too many young people.  We must continue our efforts to improve the sexual health of Minnesota youth."

FULL REPORT: www.z.umn.edu/ASHR2016