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Minerva Ginecologica 2000 September;52(9):351-8

language: Italian

Pregnancy in adolescents. Consequences and consideration

D'Alfonso A., Carta G., Buttari F., Paolone G., Moscarini M.


Many authors have pointed out that sexual activity is starting at an increasingly early age in young adolescents. In 1990 pregnancies in under 15-year-olds in the United States accounted for 3% of the total, a figure that has increased by 13% over the past decade. Moreover, pregnancy in adolescence may result in a number of complications, including pre-term birth, PIH, sexually transmitted diseases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of adolescent pregnancy in our user basin and to analyse the clinical evolution of these cases. The sample included 61 girls aged between 15.4 and 17.9 years old, mean age 16.7. Of these, 65.6% were students. The majority opted for voluntary abortion (85.2%). Those who chose to continue the pregnancy came from small towns with less than 1000 inhabitants (77.7%). They subsequently married their partners and continued to live with their parents. From an obstetric point of view, only one case of pre-term birth was recorded at week 26, and two cases of IUGR. The fact that the percentage of pregnancies in adolescence has remained unchanged over the years in spite of the numerous health and contraception campaigns represents a strong stimulus to investigate the countless facets of this problem.

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