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Conception rates reduced in women aged younger than 18 years

July 27, 2016

Conception rates among women aged younger than 18 years dropped steadily from 1996-1998 onward, and more rapidly after 2007, in England, according to recent study findings.

“In 1999, the U.K. Government launched a 10-year, nationwide Teenage Pregnancy Strategy in England with the dual aims of achieving a 50% reduction in conception rates in women younger than 18 years by 2010, and mitigating social exclusion in teenage parents by increasing their participation in education, employment, or training,” Kaye Wellings, FRCOG, and colleagues wrote. “Conception rates in women younger than 18 years fell by 51% between 1998 and 2014 in England. Of interest is the extent to which the decline seems to be related to the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and other interventions; whether the decline has been seen equally in the most and least disadvantaged women; and what factors remain associated with conception in women younger than 18 years.”

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