When you go around the city, you can see a lot of teenagers carrying their babies with them. They could be 16, 17, or 18 to 19 years old.
Teenage pregnancy is not anymore a surprise to us. It is more likely to be said as an unintended pregnancy at an early age. It is now usual and common to our community. Why is this happening? What causes teenage pregnancy?
- Absent of parents. Here in our place, most teenage parents who have been interviewed said that they are not with their parents. Some say that their parents are working abroad or they are in the province. Is it really a cause of teenage pregnancy? It’s a big YES! Why? Because no one is there to guide or advise them when they are in a relationship. In teenagers life, it is very important for the parents to always with their children because that was a crucial stage of an individual. There are lots of changes that is happening to a child when becoming a Lady. When it comes to sexual activities, parents should talk to them and share about the disadvantages of it at their age.
- Influence of friends. Today, many teenagers let their friends take control of their decisions. Some friends influence an individual to have sex even if they do not understand the consequences of their actions. That is why it is the very advice of every parent to their children that they need to be careful of whom to be with when they are outside the house.
- Lack of knowledge. If a teenager doesn’t have any idea about sex, they are often the victim of teenage pregnancy. Teens may easily get curious about romance that they are watching on televisions or social media.
- Rape. Some men sexually abuse women, especially teenagers. According to studies, most teenagers who are being raped got pregnant.
There are many causes of teenage pregnancy aside from these. Those listed above are the common cause.