Teenage pregnancy is an important element of sexual health and the term can be used to refer to pregnancies under the age of 20, under 18 or under 16. Some young people make a positive choice to become a parent, however teenage pregnancy has been linked with poor outcomes for the mother and child. Public Health Wales
Teenage conception rates have generally been falling over recent years in Wales:
- girls aged under 16 fell from around 11 per thousand girls aged 13-15 in the late 1990s to 5.5 in 2013;
- girls aged under 18 fell from 36.9 per thousand girls aged 15-17 in 2010 to 27.3 in 2013;
- for women aged under 20 fell from 55.1 per thousand females aged 15-19 in 2010 to 42.9 in 2013.
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