Long-acting reversible contraception for adolescents

Colleen McNicholas, Jeffrey F. Peipert

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Teen pregnancy continues to plague the United States. This review will discuss long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) method use in teens, comprising intrauterine devices and subdermal implants. Recent Findings: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization have recognized the potential impact of LARC (comprising intrauterine contraception and subdermal implants) to reduce unintended pregnancies. They have affirmed the safety of such devices, and no effects on long-term fertility have been identified. Teen users of these methods have been shown to have high continuation and satisfaction rates. On the contrary, oral contraceptive pills, the patch, and the contraceptive vaginal ring have significantly higher contraceptive failure rates, and these rates are magnified in young women. Summary: LARC methods should be considered first-line options for teens seeking contraception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-298
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • adolescent contraception
  • intrauterine device
  • long-acting reversible contraception
  • subdermal implant
  • teen pregnancy

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