The use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods among teens is on the rise. LARC use among 15- to 19-year-olds increased from 1 to 4.5 percent between 2007 and 2009. Both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend LARC—specifically, intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants—as a first-line contraceptive option for teens.
Some leaders in pediatric medicine are calling for increased access to LARC for teens. S. Jean Emans, MD, chief of Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and her colleague Amy DiVasta, MD, offer some insights into LARC and teens. …Read More