Are we failing our teenagers?

Yes … It is time to acknowledge that despite advances in contraceptive advice and access, policy reform lacks implementation.

Children born to teenage mothers

Low birth weight babies may experience complications, such as brain bleeding, respiratory distress syndrome and intestinal problems.

Teenage mothers and schooling

Challenges are aggravated by lack of support by teachers and peers and babies are not supported in schools. Teacher and school attitudes vary widely and many teenagers feel that the teachers “gave up on them”.

After discharge from a health facility

Radimo (2011) explored the experiences of teenage mothers after the birth of the baby and found that the post natal period is perceived to be stressful and overwhelming.

Are teenage fathers involved?

It is wrongly assumed that the adolescent father is unconcerned about the pregnant girl, her safety or the well-being of the child. If he accepted the pregnancy and wants to be involved, it is important to include him in planning alternative solutions regarding the child’s future.

Coping with an unplanned pregnancy

Few teenagers are delighted to become pregnant without having planned to do so, and most feel nothing but shock, worry, and in some cases, despair.

When contraception fails …

The “morning after” or “post-coital” pill are recommended for backup or emergency use and should not be used in place of ordinary contraceptives. It does NOT cause an abortion …

Why do contraceptives fail?

Teenagers do not know how the contraception works, when they are fertile and the impact of incorrectly or inconsistently using the pill or how to use the condom correctly.