The teen pregnancy rate is at its lowest level since 1969, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Conceptions in under-18s in the third quarter of 2012 stood at 6,529 - a 12.% decrease on the same period in 2011. At the same time, there has been a sharp rise in the over-40s having babies - in 2012, there was a total of 28,714 pregnancies among women of this age group.
This has more than doubled since 1990. The Family Planning Association (FPA), welcomed the latest data.Further reading: Poor readers more likely to get pregnant
Director of communications, health and wellbeing, Natika H Halil, said: “With the lowest numbers recorded since 1969, the teenage pregnancy rate is proof of all the hard work of sexual health and education professionals, and the lasting legacy of the decade-long Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.
“However, there is no room for complacency and we must focus more than ever on the provision of quality sex and relationships education and ensure local services are not jeopardised by changes to commissioning arrangements and funding cuts.”