For Discussion: Should Doctors Offer IUDs For Teenage Girls To Reduce Teen Pregnancy?

- By Bossip Staff

Physicians Recommending ‘IUD’ Option Become Available For Teenage Girls

The teen pregnancy epidemic in the United States has long been a controversial topic of discussion from doctor’s offices, to high school sex education classes and even into the homes of parents with teenagers across America.

In the latest effort to decrease the occurrence of teen pregnancy, a prominent group of health physicians are suggesting that doctors begin offering IUDs as contraception to sexually active teenage girls.

via ABCNews

A leading group of physicians who advise on women’s health has issued new guidelines recommending for the first time that doctors offer intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implantable contraception — methods commonly referred to as long-acting reversible contraception — to teenage patients.

More than one third of young people ages 15 to 19 are sexually active, yet most teens are not using, and may not even know about, these birth control methods, according to statistics from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) issued a paper Thursday evening containing new guidelines to offer IUDs and implants as first-line birth control options for teens.

What say you Bossip fam…is this recommendation going too far? Would you allow your teenage daughter to get an IUD?

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