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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

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HERNANDEZ-AVILA, Alejandra; BARRERA-RODRIGUEZ, Edwin Jesús  and  CASTANEDA-PORRAS, Oneida. Prevalence of teenage pregnancy in Ybpal-Casanare, Colombia, 2013-2014. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2017, vol.68, n.3, pp.168-175. ISSN 0034-7434.


To determine the prevalence of teenage pregnancy on the basis of live birth records in the Municipality of Yopal between 2013-2014.

Materials and methods:

Descriptive cross-sectional study conducted on the basis of the live birth module database contained in the Single Registry of the National Statistics Department (DANE), made available by the Health Secretariat of Yopal. Full records of all pregnant women under 19 were included. Sociodemographic characteristics, pregnancy history and specific characteristics of the birth were studied. Descriptive statistical analysis was done.


Of the records, 21.9 %(1,286/5,848) were pregnant teens between 10-19 years, with a mean age of 17.4 ± 1.47 years; mean age of the fathers was 23.9 ± 5.66 years; pregnancy median = 1 (range = 1-4); more than four prenatal visits 707 (55.0 %); primigravidae 1,033 (80.3 %); inter-pregnancy period of less than two years 54 (25.7 %); spontaneous delivery 894 (69.5 %) and cesarean section 392 (30,5 %); low birth weight, 54 (4.2 %) neonates.


The prevalence of pregnancy among adolescents in Yopal was higher than the national prevalence, at 19.5 %; pregnant adolescents who come from the rural areas have access to a smaller number of prenatal visits. These data point to the need of revisiting and strengthening municipal strategies for the prevention of teenage pregnancy.

Keywords : Teenage pregnancy; vital statistics; live birth; prenatal care.

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