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Pediatricians Urge LARCs for Teen Girls

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends that pediatricians offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), such as the IUD or progestin implants, as first line contraceptive methods to teen girls. The organization recommends these methods for teens because they are safe, effective and easy to use.

 

In addition, the AAP continues to encourage physicians to consistently address sexual health and behavior with their patients and to encourage contraceptive education, use and compliance. The organization also highlights that patients within “special populations,” such as those with chronic illnesses, have similar contraceptive needs and these illnesses should be addressed in the context of recommending contraception.

 

Our teen pregnancy prevention initiative, Know What U Want, has great client resources for physicians, including a video about LARCs staring teens.

 

Read the full committee statement or a summary article

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