THE number of teen pregnancies in Solihull has fallen by 13.6 per cent, according to the latest statistics.
The conception rate for local girls is now 34.7 per 1000 of those aged 15-17.
The figures reflect a national trend, according ot the Office for National Statistics, which showed teen pregnancies fell from 3.2 per cent from 2007 to 40.4 per cent per 1,000 girls, a 20 year low.
Since the 1998 baseline, the under-18 conception rate in Solihull has fallen a 13.9 per cent with credit for the new improved figures partly due to the borough’s work within the young community through its ‘Are You Ready?Everytime?’ scheme.
The scheme set up by the NHS Care Trust, encourages local young adults and teens to think about all the potential sexual health risks, especially when alcohol is involved.
Alcohol is usually the common factor in lowering awareness when it comes to teens and sexual protection, often leading to needing emergency contraception, unplanned pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections (STI’).
The ‘Are You Ready? Everytime?’ scheme advises regular sexual health check ups and regular use of contraception.
Checks can be carried out at all local CASH clinics or Just4U Clinics set up by Solihull Sexual Health service to run alongside the Are You Ready? Everytime? scheme.
For more information visit www.j4usolihull.co.uk or call 0121 705 8737.