Facts & Statistics

Maine Teens Sexual and Reproductive Health

Maine has the 6th lowest teen birth rate in the nation.1

Maine’s teen pregnancy rate has decreased by 50% between 2005 and 2015.  Maine’s teen birth rate is half of the national average.  According to an analysis conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control, this improvement is due to three factors:

  • increased access to family planning services;
  • more effective hormonal contraceptive methods; and
  • the implementation of comprehensive family life education in public schools.2

In 2015, 39% of Maine high school students reported having had sex.3

In Maine, 2.9% of students reported that their first intercourse was before the age of 13.4

The proportion of women aged 15-19 who used contraceptives the first time they had sex has increased from 48% in 1982 to 79% in 2011-2013.5

All family planning clinics in Maine, like almost all publicly-funded family planning clinics across the country, counsel clients younger than 18 about abstinence and the importance of communicating with parents about sex.

During fiscal year 2016, Maine Family Planning provided reproductive health care services to 4,111 teens across the state.  23% of female teens received long-acting reversible contraceptives, which are highly effective forms of birth control.

1American Community Survey, U.S. Census, December 2015.
2Assessing Adolescent Pregnancy – Maine, 1980 – 1996: MMWR 1998; 47(21); 433-438.
3National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health, YRBSS: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, 2015.
4Ibid.
5Martinez, GM and Abma, JC, Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing of Teenagers aged 15-19 in the United States, NCHS Data Brief, 2015, No. 209.