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Pregancy rates for teens and young women at lowest levels since 1990

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 2, 2012

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The pregnancy rate for U.S. women in their early 20s declined to the lowest level since 1990, said a report issued June 20 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

In 2008, there were 163 pregnancies per 1,000 women age 20 to 24. That marks a drop from the 1990 peak of 198.5 pregnancies per 1,000 women in that age group, the study said.

Researchers also identified a significant decrease in teen pregnancies. In 2008, the pregnancy rate among teens was 69.8 per 1,000 females compared with 116.8 pregnancies per 1,000 in 1990 (link).

The nation’s overall pregnancy rate also is down from 1990. That year, there were 115.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women. In 2008, the rate was 105.5 pregnancies per 1,000.

Factors that impact pregnancy rates include changes in birth control use; sexual activity; and patterns of marriage, divorce and cohabitation, the study said. Researchers examined data on pregnancy rates from several sources, including the National Vital Statistics System and National Survey of Family Growth.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/07/02/hlbf0702.htm.

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