Teenage pregnancy rate falls in Wiltshire

Teenage pregnancy rate falls in Wiltshire

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:07am 13th June 2019.

The number of 15 to 17 year olds getting pregnant has dropped to its lowest level since 2011

Date from the Office for National Statistics data shows there were 17 pregnancies in Wiltshire in the first three months of 2018, compared to 48 in 2011.

It's a fall of 65%. and is the lowest level for the same three-month period since current records began eight years ago.

Across England, the number of pregnancies fell by around 50% over the same period, from 7,373 to 3,678.

A spokesperson for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said a dramatic drop in teen pregnancies over the last two decades was in part due to government strategies such as improved sex education and access to contraception.

"Our research also indicates that shifts in young people’s attitudes and lifestyles have played a significant role."

"Increased use of social media among young people and more focus on their family life and future careers, as well as a decline in alcohol consumption, have all contributed to the fall in teen pregnancy rates.”



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