COLUMBUS, Ga. – May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and the Health Department is doing their part to spread awareness. The health department says not finishing school is one of the most common problems with teenage pregnancies.
Valerie Scruggs, who is a registered nurse at the health department, works closely with pregnant teens. She says half of the teens who get pregnant in high school don’t graduate from high school.
She says other issues that come up with teenage pregnancies include problems with proper care and emotional strain. Throughout the month, the health department is highlighting abstinence and ways to prevent pregnancy.
“It’s a problem that can be prevented. 100 percent prevented and there is ways and places to that teens can go and get these methods, counseling,” Scruggs said.
Scruggs says the number of teenage pregnancies in our area has gone down over the past few years. The health department does have a confidential clinic for teens.