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Teen pregnancy "hits 30-year low"

Teen pregnancy "hits 30-year low"

Teenage pregnancy rates have fallen to their lowest level for almost three decades, according to new statistics.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that there was a 5.9% drop in rates for under-18s between 2008 and 2009 to 38.3 per 1,000 teenagers aged 15 to 17.

There were 38,259 pregnancies in this age group overall in 2009 compared with 41,361 the year before, a decline of 7.5%.

Pregnancies among under 16s also fell by 5.6% to 7,158 in 2009, compared with 7,586 the year before. Around 60% of these pregnancies led to an abortion.

But the biggest increase in conception rates was among women aged 30 to 34 – a 3.5% increase between 2008 and 2009.

And in 1990, 89.7 per 1,000 women in this age group fell pregnant, rising to 125.9 per 1,000 in 2009.

Overall, 213,300 women in this age group fell pregnant in 2009, up from 161,400 in 1990.

The data for England and Wales showed a big jump among women aged 35 to 39, from 33.6 conceptions per 1,000 women in 1990 to 60.1 in 2009.

Some 116,500 women aged 35 to 39 fell pregnant in 2009, compared with 56,000 in 1990.

Among women aged 40 and over, rates almost doubled from 6.6 per 1,000 in 1990 to 12.8 in 2009.

In 1990, 12,000 women in this age group fell pregnant, more than doubling to 26,800 in 2009.

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