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Teenage pregnancy rate continues to fall - stands at lowest level on record

Data released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the teenage pregnancy rate in England and Wales continues to fall. The overall teenage pregnancy rate stood at 21.8 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17 in Q2 2015, compared to 33.3 in the same quarter in 2011, representing a decline of 34.5% over the past four years. The rate for Q2 in 2014 was 23.3 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15 -17.

A bpas spokesperson said:

“The conception rate among under-18s has continued to decline. Whilst this is certainly in part due to improvements in sex and relationships education and better access to contraception services for younger women, it may also reflect broader shifts in teenage aspirations and behaviours. The plummeting levels of teenage drinking, for example, may be reducing the occurrence of unprotected sex. A recent study from the US found a reduction in sexual activity amongst young people, which may well be mirrored in the UK. We must continue to ensure women have swift access to contraception and abortion services, enabling them to make decisions about their lives that are right for them, whilst also working to better understand how changing teenage lifestyles are impacting teenage pregnancy rates.”

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For further information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 061 3377 or press@bpas.org

The full set of data, Quarterly Conceptions to Women Aged Under 18, England and Wales, Quarter 2 April to June 2015, is available online here.

About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.