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Pediatrics group recommends IUDs, implants as best birth control for teen girls
Washington Post

The majority of teenagers use condoms as their primary method of birth control, but long-acting contraceptives such as intrauterine devices should be the “first-line” of contraceptives in preventing teen pregnancy, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For the first time, the organization recommends that pediatricians discuss long-acting reversible contraceptives before other birth control methods for teens, citing the “efficacy, safety and ease of use” of long-acting reversible contraception, such as IUDs and progestin implants. In the guidelines published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, the AAP also recommends that pediatricians encourage condom use, which reduces the risk of sexually-transmitted diseases, for every sexual act.

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