Teen pregnancy rate decreases

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

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

The district’s conception rate among under 18-year-olds fell to 32.4 per 1,000 in the most recent figures, which relate to 2013.

In 2012, the rate was 36.9 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 district’s conception rate stood at 57.8 per 1,000.

However, despite this drop, the 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.

In response to the figures, 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.”

She added: “However, we know there are areas of Lincolnshire where the conception rates are higher than others so there is no room for complacency.”

Elsewhere in the county, Boston had a rate of 30.8 per 1,000, Lincoln had 36.6 per 1,000, North Kesteven had 16.3 per 1,000, South Holland had 26.8 per 1,000, South Kesteven had 20.9 per 1,000 and West Lindsey had 31.1 per 1,000.

The average for Lincolnshire was 27.0 per 1,000.