Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Taking control of our fertility

Statistics Canada says:

  • In the last ten years, fertility rates have dropped 13 percent.

  • The biggest declines are in the high-risk years from 15 to 17 and in all ages up to 29.

  • At slightly older ages, the rates are rising as women decide it's time to have a baby.
This is excellent news. It shows that sex education is working. Younger women are able to get contraceptives and willing to use them.

Source: the 2003 figures for total pregnancies in Canada (29 March 2006). These are pregnancies per 1 000 women, not total numbers, so they are not affected by the aging of the baby boom nor its echo.

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