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Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2015 Dec;42(4):631-45. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2015.08.004.

Providing Contraception to Adolescents.

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1
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, 1319 Punahou Street, Suite 824, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA. Electronic address: sraidoo@hawaii.edu.
2
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, 1319 Punahou Street, Suite 824, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA.

Abstract

Adolescents have high rates of unintended pregnancy and face unique reproductive health challenges. Providing confidential contraceptive services to adolescents is important in reducing the rate of unintended pregnancy. Long-acting contraception such as the intrauterine device and contraceptive implant are recommended as first-line contraceptives for adolescents because they are highly effective with few side effects. The use of barrier methods to prevent sexually transmitted infections should be encouraged. Adolescents have limited knowledge of reproductive health and contraceptive options, and their sources of information are often unreliable. Access to contraception is available through a variety of resources that continue to expand.

KEYWORDS:

Access; Adolescents; Birth control; Contraception; Implant; Intrauterine device; Long-acting reversible contraception; Teens

PMID:
26598305
DOI:
10.1016/j.ogc.2015.08.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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