Teenagers: truncated lives

The Government implemented the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention National Strategy and the results have been deficient

Teenagers: truncated lives
Birth control is the only effective way to prevent pregnancies - Photo: Andrew Safonov/EL GRÁFICO
English 16/10/2018 09:07 Mexico City Newspaper Leader Actualizada 09:08
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The majority of physical, psychological, and biological changes take place when we are between 10 and 19 years old, which is a critical stage for each individual's future. If parents or teachers don't guide them correctly, the mistakes made by the teenagers could cut their dreams short.

According to the statistics, this is the time when many teenagers define their career, but it's also when drug consumption and sex life begins. In regards to sex life, the Internal Affairs Ministry published recent data about teenage pregnancies, the results are alarming.

The number of girls between 10 and 14 years-old who were pregnant went from 1.9 births per every 1,000 teenagers in 2012, to 2.1 in 2015. Whereas in teenagers between 15 and 19 years old, the pregnancy rate has decreased. It reached its highest rate in 2012 when there were 77 births per every 1,000 teenagers, but in 2015, this group's fertility rate decreased to 74.4, 3.4 points less than before.

The risk is broad, in 2017, 22.4 million teenagers between 10 and 19 years-old lived in Mexico, half of them, 11.3 million are between 10 and 14 years old, and 11.1 million are between 15 and 19 years old.

Teenage pregnancies are the result of the lack of information and adequate orientation. Who is responsible? Parents, schools, or health institutions? It would be ideal if there was a close coordination between those three, to guide teenagers in their sex life and prevent them from acquiring any responsibility that belongs to an adult, when they have finished their studies, and have certain financial stability.

In every teenage pregnancy case, the most affected person is the underage mother, who will usually go through depression, low self-esteem, and family conflicts, besides dropping out of school. In regards to minors between 10 and 14 years old, the situation is worse, as, besides their pregnancy, they're usually sexually abused.

The Government implemented the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention National Strategy; during the years it has been implemented, the results have been deficient. The incoming administration will have to review the program to see what actually works. The future of hundreds of thousands of teenagers depends on its proper application.


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