Teenage Pregnancy - Abortion

Teenagers are sexually active in younger ages and demonstrate lower compliance to contraceptive methods. Adolescent mothers, aged 14-19 years old, represented 7,5% of total births of the two University Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Athens Medical School, between 1985-2003. Among the teenage pregnancies, 36% resulted in birth, 56% in abortion and 8% in miscarriage. Teenage birth rate has declined from 9.0% in 1985 to 5.2% in 2003. However, this maybe because of underreporting and “dark” numbers due to religious, social and family reasons.