Birth rates among teens in the U. Births to all American teenagers have plummeted by more than 40 percent, said Lisa Romero of the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An increase in contraception use -- particularly the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives -- has helped drive the falling rates, Romero said.
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In , a total of , babies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years.