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Teenage pregnancy rate falls to record low

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1484 (Published 11 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1484
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The conception rate among under 18s in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level in over 40 years, to 22.9 conceptions in every 1000 young women aged 15-17.1

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the conception rate in under 18s peaked in 1971, at 54.9 in 1000 women. It then dropped throughout the 1970s and rose again through the 1980s, until it peaked at 47.1 per 1000 in 1998. From that time the rate began to fall, dropping sharply since 2007, when the rate was 41.6 per 1000.

The estimated number of conceptions in women under 18 fell from 24 306 in 2013 to 22 653 in 2014, …

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