Release of 2011 Conception Statistics

pregnancyThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the 2011 conception statistics for England and Wales this week. The findings are positive, with the figures indicating that the national teenage conception rate is falling. The following headlines summarise the report:

  • The under 18 conception rate for 2011 is the lowest since 1969 at 30.9 conceptions per thousand women aged 15–17.
  • The estimated number of conceptions to women aged under 18 also fell to 31,051 in 2011 compared with 34,633 in 2010, a decrease of 10%.
  • The estimated number of conceptions to girls aged under 16 was 5,991 in 2011, compared with 6,674 in 2010 (a fall of 10%).
  • In 2011 there were an estimated 909,109 conceptions, compared with 909,245 in 2010, a decrease of less than 0.1%.
  • Conception rates in 2011 increased for women aged 30 years and over, stayed the same for women aged 25–29 and decreased for women aged under 25 years.

The picture in Warwickshire

In Warwickshire, the conception rate per 1,000 women has remained lower than both the national and regional averages since 2009. The percentage of all conceptions leading to abortion has remained comparable with the national figure for the same time period, but has been consistently lower than the regional figure.

The under 18 conception rate for Warwickshire remains similar to the national average, and the rate for 2011 is the lowest on record at 30.9 conceptions per 1,000 of the under 18 female population. However, there is inequality within the county, with the rate for 2011 ranging from 24.3 in Rugby to 43.2 in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

The percentage of under 18 conceptions leading to abortion remains marginally higher than the national percentage, at 51.2%, compared with 49.3%. Again, there is inequality within the county on this figure, with the highest proportion being in Warwick (56.5%) and the lowest in North Warwickshire (43.8%).

There is variation on under 16 conception statistics within Warwickshire. Whilst the national rate is 6.7 conceptions per 1,000 of the under 16 female population, the rate is highest in Nuneaton and Bedworth, with 10.6 conceptions. The lowest rate is seen in Stratford, with 3.4 conceptions per 1,000.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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