Hull pregnant teenager rise bucks nationwide trend

Published: Thursday 10th March 2016 by The News Editor

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The proportion of pregnant Hull teenagers is continuing to rise, despite a nationwide record low.

Official new figures reveal that Hull has 39.3 conceptions per 1,000 15-to-17-year-old girls – only four areas can top this.

This is a 9.4% increase on the 35.9 figure seen the year before in 2013.

Hull’s proportion is 71.6% up on the national average of just 22.9 across 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics.

But the city’s percentage has still more than halved since the 84.6 rate seen in 1998.

Nuneaton and Bedworth topped the 2014 table with 43 followed by Stoke-on-Trent with 42.4.

The overall proportion throughout Wales and England has hit a low not seen since the records started 47 years ago.

Marie Stopes UK reproductive health charity’s policy director Genevieve Edwards said: “It’s hugely heartening to see the under-18 conception rate at its lowest since 1969.

“However, the percentage of conceptions leading to abortion increased in 2014 for all age groups under 40, which means we must redouble efforts to make contraception accessible to all women.”

Public Health England’s Kevin Fenton said: “Young people with the highest rates of unplanned pregnancy and teenage parents are also more likely to have poor educational achievement, poor physical and mental health and experience social isolation and poverty.”

Prof. Fenton added: “It is encouraging to see that pregnancy rates for under-18s are at their lowest in over 40 years – with a continued downward trend.”

“FPA sexual health charity’s chief executive Natika Halil said: “Once again there are huge variations in pregnancy rates between different areas.”

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Published: Thursday 10th March 2016 by The News Editor

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