Estimated pregnancy rates for the United States, 1990-2005: an update.

Stephanie J. Ventura, Joyce C. Abma, William D. Mosher, Stanley K. Henshaw

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OBJECTIVES: This report presents detailed pregnancy rates for 1990-2005, updating a national series of rates extending since 1976. METHODS: Tabular data on pregnancy rates by age, race and Hispanic origin, and by marital status are presented and briefly described. RESULTS: in 2005, an estimated 6,408,000 pregnancies resulted in 4.14 million live births, 1.21 million induced abortions, and 1.06 million fetal losses. The 2005 pregnancy rate of 103.2 pregnancies per 1000 women aged 15-44 years is 11 percent below the 1990 peak of 115.8. The teenage pregnancy rate dropped 40 percent from 1990 to 2005, reaching an historic low of 70.6 per 1000 women aged 15-19 years. Rates fell much more for younger than for older teenagers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalNational vital statistics reports : from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 14 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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