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Contraception for adolescents

French, RS; Cowan, FM; (2009) Contraception for adolescents. BEST PRACT RES CL OB , 23 (2) 233 - 247. 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2008.12.002.

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Abstract

Ensuring that sexually active adolescents are using Contraception consistently and correctly is an effective means of reducing unplanned pregnancy. Use of highly effective long-acting reversible methods, such as subdermal implants, is low. We need to challenge the perception that the pill and condoms, the most commonly used contraceptive methods, are always the most suitable methods for young people. Changes in adolescent sexual behaviour. including increased number of sexual partners, is consistent with a rise in sexually transmitted infections. No contraceptive methods, with the exception of male or female sterilisation, are contra-indicated solely oil the grounds of age. Young people need to be counselled about both the benefits and risks associated with each method so that they call make an informed choice. Most of the clinical evidence oil contraceptive use comes from Studies of 'older' women, with little research identified that specifically addressed implications for adolescent Contraceptive use. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Contraception for adolescents
DOI: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2008.12.002
Keywords: contraception, adolescence, DEPOT-MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE, SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS, RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIALS, BONE-MINERAL DENSITY, ORAL-CONTRACEPTIVES, COLLABORATIVE REANALYSIS, HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVES, UNITED-STATES, CONDOM USE, INTRAUTERINE-DEVICES
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/177591
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