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England and Wales teen conceptions fall 10%

England and Wales teen conceptions fall 10%

Statistical bulletin: Conceptions in England and Wales, 2012

Key findings

The under 18 conception rate for 2012 is the lowest since 1969 at 27.9 conceptions per thousand women aged 15-17.

The estimated number of conceptions to women aged under 18 fell to 27,834 in 2012 compared with 31,051 in 2011, a decrease of 10%.

The estimated number of conceptions to women aged under 16 was 5,432 in 2012, compared with 5,991 in 2011 (a fall of 9.3%).

In 2012 there were an estimated 884,748 conceptions to women of all ages, compared with 909,109 in 2011, a decrease of 2.7%.

Conception rates in 2012 increased for women aged 35 years and over, and decreased for women aged under 35 years.

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