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Abstract

Teenage pregnancies

Teenage pregnancy, which is detrimental to the health of mother and child, is a common public health problem worldwide. It is a problem that affects nearly every society. It is one of the key issues concerning reproductive health of women not only in developing but also in developed countries.The estimated teenage pregnancies in Germany are about 13500 per year with a birth rate of 6600. Although prevention of unwanted teenage pregnancy is our primary goal,many adolescents continue to become pregnant.

Due to the medical and socioeconomic background during the adolescent period, intensive and sensitive counselling and care is needed.

There is a growing awareness that early child bearing has multiple consequences in terms of maternal health, child health and over all well-being of society.

Keywords
Teenage Pregnancy, adolescent pregnancy, contraception, sex education, teenage

Manuela Lotz, Cornelia Homrighausen
Klinik und Poliklinik für Geburtshilfe und Pränatalmedizin,
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf,Hamburg
Reviewer: Christine Klapp, Berlin
und Annette Loeck,Hamburg

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Endokrinol 2008; 4(2): 116-132