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  • Sexting and online chats 'cut teenage pregnancy rates by replacing sexual relationships for youngsters'

    Sexting and online chats have cut teenage pregnancy rates by replacing sexual relationships for youngsters, experts have claimed.

    New figures show that under-18 pregnancy rates have reached record lows in a number of local authorities, partially down to the rise in sending sexy picture messages.

    In 1969, the pregnancy rate for young women aged between 15 and 17 was 41 per 1,000 girls - but in the 12 months leading up to June 2017, the rate dropped to an average of 18 per 1,000.

    A spokesperson for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) says this is because people are spending more time socialising online - and less time drinking and having sex.

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