IUDs, contraceptive implants recommended for teenage girls
IUDs and contraceptive implants are more reliable compared with condoms and should be the first type of contraception pediatricians recommend for non-abstinent teenage girls.
Intrauterine devices and long-acting birth control are recommended for teenage girls.
"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.