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, 11-27-2012 - 10:47am

I think this is a bad idea. Any sexually active teen girl needs some counseling and a bit of friendly, non-judgmental advice if she wants to go on the pill. Hormonal contraceptives can be dangerous if misused, and certain formulations aren't appropriate for girls with certain medical conditions. They need a doctor's guidance in choosing the right pill.

As far as the morning after pill goes, a girl who needs that because she had sex unintentionally (e.g., got drunk at a party) or because she was raped is in dire need of counseling. I had to take it at age 40 after an oops! and I really appreciated being warned verbally by the pharmacist about the side effects before I experienced them. After the first pill, I felt sick and I can see how that might deter a 15 year old from taking the next dose if she hadn't been told how vital it was. Labeling isn't enough.

However, I would use a pediatrician rather than an OB/GYN for this type of service for my daughter. Why? Because pediatricians are much more in tune with adolescents, especially those they've been seeing for years, than a GYN, whose patients are mostly over 18. Our pediatrician discusses sex privately with my kids at each year's physical, and I know they'd feel safe asking the questions they may not want to ask me.

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Tue, 11-27-2012 - 8:58am

First of all, If my teen was sexually active I wouldn't take her to the pediatrician, We'd have this conversation with an ob/gyn.  And how crazy stupid is the idea that bcp should be sold like candy at a candy store, The direction obamacare is going to take this country is pathetic.