HealthDay News — Long-acting contraceptive devices should be the first choice of birth control for teenage girls, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics state in Pediatrics.

“Sexual health is an important part of adolescent anticipatory guidance and screening, and pediatricians’ long-term relationships with adolescents and families allow them to help promote healthy sexual decision-making, including abstinence and contraceptive use,” noted Mary A. Ott, MD, MA, of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and colleagues.

Although most teens opt for condoms or birth control pills, two other forms of contraception, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants, are much more reliable, according to the academy. These devices should be the “first-line” choices for teenage girls who do not want to remain abstinent.

The advice is in line with guidelines from other medical societies, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. But experts said they hope the official recommendation to pediatricians will increase teenage girls’ use of IUDs and implants.

References

  1. Ott M et al. Pediatrics. 2014; doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-2300