Teenage Contraception

Teenage contraception:  The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement this month that female teenagers requesting contraception should first be recommended a Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC).  Current LARC’s include intra-uterine devices (IUD’s) that once inserted are effective for 3 to 10 years depending on the product and progestin implants that are inserted into the skin of the upper arm that last for 3 years.  One of the reasons behind this recommendation is that oral contraceptives have a “real life” failure rate of about 10%.