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Health Data

Infographic that illustrates the rate of teen birth rate decline.

National and New Mexico Teen Birth Rate Data

In New Mexico, the teen birth rate has been steadily declining since 2007. Between 2007 and 2016, the NM teen birth rate for 15-19 year olds decreased 53.4%, compared to the US rate decreasing by 51.1%.


How to Reduce Unintended Teen Pregnancy

Infographic that shows that 91% of people think that pregnancies should be planned.

Did you know that over 90% of unmarried, young adults, think that pregnancies should be planned?

There is a two-pronged approach to reduce unintended teen pregnancies: provide educational programming to teens to give them the self-efficacy to make safe and healthy reproductive health choices and provide most- and moderately-effective contraceptive methods to sexually-active teens who want birth control.

Educational programs include service learning and positive youth development programs, comprehensive sex education programs and adult-teen communication programs.

For more information, visit the Why Teen Pregnancy Matters website.

Also, parents should check out the Teen Pregnancy Information for Parents web page for helpful resources.

Implant Method

Infographic that shows how the majority of people don't know where the implant is inserted.

The most effective birth control is a small, flexible implant only 1.6 inches long that is placed under the skin on the inside of a woman’s upper arm. The contraceptive implant, which is the size of a matchstick, is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to three years.

The contraceptive implant has been approved for use in teens since October 2012, when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Adolescent Health Care released a committee opinion that the contraceptive implant is a safe and appropriate contraceptive method for most women and adolescents.

This method is one of the most effective contraceptives, with a pregnancy rate of less than 1% per year for perfect use and typical use. Adolescents are at high risk of unintended pregnancy and may benefit from increased access to the contraceptive implant. The implant is injected by a licensed clinician in a clinic setting. The term “most and moderately-effective contraception” is used to describe the two tiers of contraception (implants and IUDs, compared to birth control pills, contraceptive patches, and vaginal rings).

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has seen an increase in the use of this most effective contraceptive method by teens, coinciding with a related decrease in the teen birth rate (TBR) for 15-19 year olds. Between 2012 and 2016, there has been a 228% increase in the use of implants in the 15- to 19-year-old teen population seen at NMDOH clinics. Between 2012 and 2016, NMDOH reports a 36.7% decrease in the teen birth rate for 15-19 year olds.

Please visit the Teen Pregnancy Polling Data 2015 page for more information.

Health Disparity

Infographic that shows how the hispanic and american indian population is more likely than the black or white population to have teen pregnancies.

In New Mexico, Hispanic and American Indian teens aged 15-19 have babies at a higher rate than White and Black teens of the same ages. Hispanics and American Indians are almost two times more likely to have a baby than their White peers (comparison group).

Visit the New and Noteworthy Resources from Child Trends web page for more information.