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10 facts on adolescent health

A young woman holding a small baby, India.
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Early pregnancy and childbirth

About 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth every year - roughly 11% of all births worldwide. The vast majority of births to adolescents occur in developing countries. The risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes is much higher for adolescents than for older women. Laws and community actions that support a minimum age for marriage, as well as better access to contraception, can decrease too-early pregnancies.

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