Number of teenage pregnancies in Northamptonshire are in decline

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Almost 80 girls under the age of 16 were recorded as being pregnant in 2011 according to the latest figures.

The conception rate per 1,000 girls in the age group was 6.3 – slightly higher than the national and regional average of 6.1.

The total of 79 under-16 pregnancies was a decrease on the previous two years which were 93 (7.5 per 1,000) in 2010 and 105 (8.5) in 2009.

The percentage of all conceptions which resulted in an abortion in the county was 18.3 per cent, while 59.5 per cent of girls under 16 who fell pregnant had a termination.

Girls aged under 18 in Corby had the highest conception rate in the county at 57.9 per 1,000 population. This was down on the previous year’s rate of 62.8.

Key national findings:

The under 18 conception rate for 2011 is the lowest since 1969 at 30.9 conceptions per thousand women aged 15–17.

The estimated number of conceptions to women aged under 18 also fell to 31,051 in 2011 compared with 34,633 in 2010, a decrease of 10 per cent.

The estimated number of conceptions to girls aged under 16 was 5,991 in 2011, compared with 6,674 in 2010 (a fall of 10 per cent).

In 2011 there were an estimated 909,109 conceptions, compared with 909,245 in 2010, a decrease of less than 0.1 per cent.

Conception rates in 2011 increased for women aged 30 years and over, stayed the same for women aged 25–29 and decreased for women aged under 25 years.