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Conceptions in England and Wales are falling in women under 18 but rising overall

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:506
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The conception rate in girls aged 15-17 in England and Wales fell from 42.3 conceptions per 1000 to 41.7, between 2003 and 2004. But overall there was a 2.4% increase in estimated conceptions from 73.7 to 75.2 conceptions per 1000 women aged 15-44.

    The greatest increase in conception rate was seen in women aged at least 40; the rate increased by 6%, from 10.7 to 11.3 conceptions per 1000 women aged 40-44.

    Nirupta Dattani, a statistician with the Office for National Statistics, said that the data had not been analysed for the reasons underlying the increase in conceptions in older women. However, …

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