Canada had the greatest drop in teen pregnancy compared to the other countries with high teen pregnancy rates, including the United States. In 2006 Canada already had the lowest teen pregnancy rate at 27.9 percent, while the United States teen pregnancy rate was at 61.2 percent.
Compared to the 1996-2006 study, the new research data showed Canada’s pregnancy rate dropped 36.9 percent. The United States dropped 25 percent and Sweden whose teen pregancy rate was 31.4 percent, increased 19.1 percent.
It is believed that the trend of lower teen pregnancies is not due to less teenagers have sex, but more sex education and greater access to birth control. According to Canada’s research 50 percent of 16 and 17 year olds are having sex, which hasn’t changed in over a decade. Teenage girls say they’re smarter now, and more likely to use the walk-in clinics and obtain contraception.