Four Canadian provinces are seeing a spike in teen pregnancy rates this year, according to the Sex Information & Education Council of Canada.
Despite the reasonably large rise in the four provinces, the national rate rose only slightly.
Rates increased by nearly 40 per cent in New Brunswick, 36 per cent in Newfoundland, 17 per cent in Nova Scotia and 15 per cent in Manitoba.
While there is no foolproof way to explain the numbers, experts suggest several factors are at play.
One factor identified was socio-economic woes in provinces where the rates have surged.
Some experts suggest teenage pregnancies are more likely when education or employment opportunities are limited in an area.
Teen pregnancy in the country has been on a fairly steady decline since the 1970s.