Free contraception and education having no effect on the number of teenage pregnancies

A study has recently been completed at Nottingham University by an industrial economics professor that has suggested that the number of teenage pregnancies is not particularly affected by the availability of free contraception or the quality of sex education.

The study has been completed by David Paton and it has shown that since 1969 the number of girls who are getting pregnant under 16 has remained relatively similar. This is despite the increasing availability of contraception and also the improvement in sex education in the country. Since 1969 the study highlights that the number of teenagers getting pregnant has varied from 0.7 percent to 1 percent since 1969 with very little fluctuation.

The study is published in the Education and Health Journal and reads, “Policy makers have spent millions of pounds on creating initiatives with the idea of reducing the number of teenage pregnancies. It seems as if the impact of these policies has not been successful however and it remains a challenge to control teenage pregnancy. It is clear that effort needs to be made to target more directly people who are having sex under age.”