Contraception for adolescents


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Contraception is a pillar in reducing adolescent pregnancy rates. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians develop a working knowledge of contraception to help adolescents reduce risks of and negative health consequences related to unintended pregnancy. Over the past 10 years, a number of new contraceptive methods have become available to adolescents, newer guidance has been issued on existing contraceptive methods, and the evidence base for contraception for special populations (adolescents who have disabilities, are obese, are recipients of solid organ transplants, or are HIV infected) has expanded. The Academy has addressed contraception since 1980, and this policy statement updates the 2007 statement on contraception and adolescents. It provides the pediatrician with a description and rationale for best practices in counseling and prescribing contraception for adolescents. It is supported by an accompanying technical report.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1244-e1256
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Adolescent
  • Birth control
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive implant
  • Contraceptive injection
  • Intrauterine device
  • Oral contraceptive pills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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