Mexico leads in teen pregnancies. Mexico leads in teen pregnancies.

In OECD Mexico no. 1 for teen pregnancies

About 31% of teens have had sex but more than half result in pregnancies

Mexico ranks no. 1 for teen pregnancies among the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to figures compiled by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


The highest number of cases are recorded in the states of Coahuila, México, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Morelos and Nuevo León, with 77 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Approximately 31% of adolescents aged between 15 and 19 have had sexual relations, according to Alejandro Rosas of the National Institute of Perinatology, but not responsibly: 56% of those cases resulted in pregnancies.

A 2014 survey revealed that 44.5% of partners in that same age group used no contraceptive in their first sexual encounter.

Coahuila Health Secretary Jorge Verástegui Saucedo has stated in the past that high teen pregnancy rates in the state are caused both by “irresponsibility among females and inattention on the part of the heads of families.”

State Deputy Sergio Garza Castillo told Congress that pregnancy and childbirth complications are the second cause of teen deaths worldwide, and that every year teenage girls aged 15 to 19 subject themselves to dangerous abortions, contributing to maternal mortality and lasting health problems.

Garza also stated that in countries with low and medium-low income levels the children of women younger than 20 face up to 50% greater risk of prenatal mortality or of dying in the first few weeks after birth, when compared to the children of women aged between 20 and 29.

The younger the mother, the greater the risk for the child, said the deputy.

Source: Vanguardia (sp), Plano Informativo (sp)

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  • Sharon

    Why do politicians always blame the family or the girls? How about the irresponsible nature of the boys? IT TAKES TWO! I have heard from young girls that the boys sometimes force themselves on the girls. It does not help when there is a culture that says when a girl is 15 she is a woman. Teens need education on the dangers and problems associated with pregnancy. Parents need to talk about birth control and provide it for their children. Teens will have sex, you can talk all you want, but some will still do it.

    • jdwfinger

      You are right in what you said. Especially of becoming a woman at 15. That means. to me, that it is ok to have sex. The church has most of the blame. Another factor is that I have found that the age of consent to have sex in much of Mexico is 12 years old, and in most states marriage is ok at 14 years old, but that is changing.

  • David Nichols

    I have lived in Manzanillo Mx since 1986 and in this area at least, the 31% figure is laughably low…
    The reality is very close to 100% considering that most are married and/or have children by age 19…
    Using self-reporting data regarding sexual activity ignores the fact that a very large percentage will deny their sexual activity until the pregnancy is starting to show…
    Mexico is 95% Catholic and the Church’s position on birth control is a contributing factor in the non-use of birth control. Their use is viewed as a forethought plan to sin, whereas they can receive routine absolution for simply being “overwhelmed by the passions of the moment”

  • alance

    The truth is that there is very little social stigma against teen pregnancies. Mexicans love children and the educational system is deplorable. Many mothers raise more than one generation of children. Many mothers of unwed mothers were unwed themselves.

    Mexico does not suffer from a birth dearth like the U.S., Europe, and Japan where women do not conceive until they are in their 30s or 40s if at all.

  • ben

    there is no difference between the black ghetto intercity mentality & the barrios. many times the girls have several fathers. this is what they do, & its none of our business.