Nationwide drop in teen birth rate attributed to increased contraceptive use

The national teen birth rate declined to 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15–19 — a 9 percent decrease from 2009 to 2010 and a historic low. Florida also saw a significant decline to 32.8 births per 1000 women aged 15-19, while Northeast Florida (36.5 births) remains higher than the state and nation.

The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that sexual activity is not decreasing but contraceptive use is on the rise — linking the teen birth rate decline specifically to increased contracepting.

The survey collected data from teens between two time periods: June 2006-June 2008 and July 2008-2010. The surveys showed a dramatic increase in contraceptive use:

Read Guttmacher’s analysis of the NSFG survey results here.