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Teenage births fall in MN thanks to better contraceptives – and television


The number of teenagers giving birth has reached a record low in the United States – with Minnesota among the states seeing the biggest fall in recent years.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released on Wednesday its final birth numbers analysis for 2014, which found that the national birthrate for females aged 15-19 dropped to 24.2 births per 1,000 women, a 9 percent drop on 2013.

Minnesota's rate is well below the national average, with a rate of 15.5 per 1,000 females in 2014, which is a drop from 16.8 per 1,000 in 2013.

And Minnesota is one of many states that has seen a decrease between 40 and 49.9 percent in the teenage birth rate since 2007.

According to Buzzfeed, there could be an unusual reason for the drop seen across the nation..

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy told the website that MTV shows like "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant" have exposed teens to "the unglamorous reality of teenage pregnancy."

This could be partly behind the rise in contraception use and abstinence among American teenagers.

Vox reports another factor involved in the drop is the fact overall birth rates fell between 2007-13, with families less inclined to have babies during the economic crisis.

The website also says teenagers are now using contraceptives that are better at preventing pregnancy than those used in previous years, with more teens opting for long-acting, reversible contraceptives like IUDs and implants.

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