MORE Spanish women are having sex in their teens… but somehow the number of pregnancies has fallen, according to a study.

Some 74 per cent of women born after 1971 have had sex before the age of 20.

Despite this, the number of teenage pregnancies has fallen dramatically to just 11 per cent.

This compares to figures of 43 per cent in women born before 1956, when less than one in five women had sex before the age of 20.

The study – carried out by the National Research Council (CSIC) – concluded that the lower pregnancy rate in the younger group was due to increased use of contraception.

Andalucia is among the regions with the highest number of teenage mums, a trend the researchers claim is due in part to poorer education.

More developed regions including Madrid, Navarra and the Basque country had the lowest number of teenage mothers.

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