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A new brief (PDF, 102MB) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vital Signs series promotes long-acting reversible contraception, or LARC, as the most effective type of birth control for teens.
Some things the brief discusses:
Though more teens are waiting to have sex and, according to research, nearly 90 percent of sexually active teens used birth control the last time they had sex, teens most often use condoms and birth control pills. These contraception methods are less effective at preventing pregnancy when not used consistently and correctly.
Teens’ use of LARC is growing but is still low. Many teens don’t know about LARC, think they can’t use it because of their age or because it costs too much. And at some clinics, health service professionals haven’t been trained to insert or remove the devices.
Health service providers can raise teens’ awareness about preventing pregnancy, first by encouraging them not to have sex. If youth are sexually active, providers can talk to them about the types of contraceptives available and the usefulness of each.
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