Conception rate among teens drops in Boston

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The proportion of under 18-year-olds becoming pregnant in and around Boston has fallen, but remains above the national average.

This is according to data released last week by the Office for National Statistics.

The borough’s conception rate among under 18s fell to 30.8 per 1,000 in 2013 - the latest figures released last week. In 2012, it was 34.5 per 1,000.

The figure is on a downward trend and is at its lowest level since 1998, which is as far back as data for local authorities go. In 1998, by comparison, the figure rate stood at 63.9 per 1,000.

However, despite this drop, the borough’s figure remains above the average for England and Wales which in 2013 fell to 24.5 per 1,000 from 27.9 per 1,000 women.

In response to the figure, Liz Morgan, consultant in Public Health - part of Lincolnshire County Council - said: “Local teenage conception rates have fallen again in 2013 and we attribute this to our educational programmes and sexual health services.

“International evidence shows that accessible contraception and sexual health services, combined with educational programmes, have the greatest impact on reducing teen pregnancies.

“In Lincolnshire, teens have access to condoms and advice through the C-card scheme, and emergency hormonal contraception is available for young women through many community pharmacies.

“We also work with schools to help young people develop skills, knowledge, and resilience, so that they can make safer, more informed choices about their sexual health and relationships. However, we know there are areas of Lincolnshire where the conception rates are higher than others so there is no room for complacency.”

Here are the conception rates among under 18-year-olds in 2013:

Boston - 30.8 per 1000

East Lindsey - 32.4 per 1000

Lincoln - 36.6 per 1,000

North Kesteven - 16.3 per 1,000

South Holland - 26.8 per 1,000

South Kesteven - 20.9 per 1,000

West Lindsey - 31.1 per 1,000

Lincolnshire - 27.0 per 1,000.

England and Wales - 24.5 per 1,000.