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Condoms fail, so teens should consider implants and IUDs, doctors say
Condoms fail, so teens should consider implants and IUDs, doctors say

To prevent teen pregnancies, pediatricians should talk with their adolescent patients about birth control, starting with hormonal implants and IUDs, according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Progestin implants and intrauterine devices are not widely used by teens, but they are the most effective methods of contraception available. Only 1 in 2,000 women using progestin implants has an unintended pregnancy during the first year of use. Depending on the type of IUD, the rate of accidental pregnancy ranges from 1 in 125 to 1 in 500. Nearly half of all teens are sexually active during high school, and about 750,000 young women become pregnant each year,...

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