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What is the relationship between puberty and pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Puberty is the stage during which adolescents achieve fertility, meaning they are able to reproduce. For young girls, the achievement of fertility is marked by the first menstrual period. At this point, the girl's ovaries begin to produce and release eggs. If the young girl were to have intercourse, her eggs could potentially be fertilized by male sperm, and she could become pregnancy.

Adolescent boys also achieve fertility and begin producing sperm during puberty. However, there is not a specific point, like menarche for girls, when this occurs.

While adolescents reach physical maturity during adolescence, emotional and intellectual maturity often lag behind. Sexual education prior to achieving fertility can help adolescence understand the consequences associated with their choices.

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