Girls need just-in-case birth control?

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Girls need just-in-case birth control?
Tue, 11-27-2012 - 7:23am

Pediatricians treating teenaged girls should consider writing just-in-case prescriptions for the morning-after pill,  the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said on Monday.

It’s the second recommendation in a week from a major doctor’s group that would make contraception more widely available to women. Last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended making all birth control pills available over the counter.

AAP says many teenaged girls need emergency contraception, and their pediatricians should help make it easy for them to get it. “Studies have shown that adolescents are more likely to use emergency contraception if it has been prescribed in advance of need,” the group said in a policy statement.

“Despite significant declines over the past two decades, the United States continues to have teen birth rates that are significantly higher than other industrialized nations,” it added.

Girls need just-in-case birth control perscriptions, pediatric group says

Interesting!  Do you agree with the AAP? Do you think teen girls should have perscriptions for the morning after pill "just in case"?

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Tue, 12-04-2012 - 5:13am

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Mon, 07-08-2013 - 11:53am

As a health care professional myself: This recommendation actually has nothing to do with Obamacare. It is a recommendation from top gynecologist and pediatricians in the country who made a careful decision after reviewing a lot of research on the topic.  We have rapidly rising teen pregnancy rates in parts of the country.  When experts weigh the risk of pregnancy with the risk of the pill, then we all know pregnancy is more risky for a teens health than the pill.  That is why they opted to make the morning after pill available over the counter (because the risks to health are really very minimal). Plus the teens can't just get it and pay for it without counseling. They must have counseling with the pharmacist before purchase. These professionals are very good at referring them to OB/GYN services. I think it is felt though that anything we can do to protect our teens who may not have a good a relationship with parents or know what doctor to turn to is a good thing. At least they will see a professional pharmacist who can steer them in the right direction when they don't have anyone else to turn to.