The variety of under-18s who turned pregnant in England and Wales fell by greater than 1 / 4 through the first coronavirus lockdown, official figures present.
Knowledge from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) revealed teenage pregnancies had been down by almost 30% through the nationwide shutdown in March 2020.
There have been 2,600 conceptions to under-18s between April and June final 12 months – the bottom quantity in a single quarter in additional than 20 years.
It represented a fall of 27.7% in contrast with the primary quarter when there have been 3,597.
And in comparison with the identical interval in 2019, the April-June determine was down 31.3%, the ONS reported.
The downward development of teenage pregnancies over the previous twenty years has accelerated.
Women from the North West had the best variety of conceptions to under-18s between April and June 2020, at 466.
This was adopted by the South East with 340 conceptions, and Yorkshire and the Humber at 292 conceptions.
General, there have been 10.9 conceptions per thousand women aged between 15 and 17 within the three months to June 2020, down from 15.2 within the earlier quarter.
The figures cowl pregnancies that end in a dwell delivery, stillbirth or an abortion.
They don’t embody miscarriages or pregnancies terminated by means of unlawful abortions.
A spokesperson for the British Being pregnant Advisory Service (BPAS) mentioned: “Many teenage moms present a loving, caring residence for his or her youngster, and each father or mother must be supported.
“We should guarantee that when discussing the decline in teenage pregnancies, we don’t stigmatise those that select to have a child at this stage of their lives.
“The continued decline in unplanned and undesirable teenage being pregnant is reflective of a development we have now seen over the past decade associated to altering teen life and social interactions.
“That is particularly unsurprising when contemplating the affect of the pandemic and associated restrictions.