Scotland’s teenage pregnancy rates continue to drop

Scotland’s teenage pregnancy rates continue to drop

Scotland’s teenage pregnancy figures for 2015 were published on 04 July 2017. These figures show all conceptions during the year, presented across three age groups; under 16, under 18 and under 20. A number of teenage girls experience unintended or unwanted pregnancies, although for some this may be a positive life choice. Teenagers from deprived areas are more likely to get pregnant, and more likely to continue with the pregnancy. Scotland has a higher rate of teenage pregnancy than most other Northern and western European countries, however the rate continues to decline. Since 2007 (a peak year) total numbers of teenage pregnancies under 20 years decreased from 9,362 to 4,808 in 2015. Under 18s dropped from 4,019 to 1,713 and under 16s from 731 to 244.
Lothian figures follow this general downward trend, however while numbers are declining, when compared with the rest of Scotland, West Lothian is the only Lothian council area which has below average rates of teenage pregnancy across all age groups. East Lothian teenage pregnancy rates are above Scottish average across all age groups. Midlothian teenage pregnancy rates are above average for under 18s and under 20s, but average for under 16s. Edinburgh teenage pregnancy rates are above average for under 16s and under 18s, but below average for under 20s. Read the full report here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Sexual-Health/Publications/index.asp#1948
Posted on: 16/03/2017 10:46