For teens, the first choice for birth control should be the long-acting forms of birth control, such as intrauterine devices and progestin implants, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP. Once implanted in a teen's body, these devices prevent pregnancy for years; they are referred to as long-acting reversible contraceptives LARC. The new guidelines update a policy statement from the AAP that emphasized abstinence and condom use. Mary Ott, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and one of the lead authors of the new guidelines.
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While a new report from the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that teen pregnancy rates are on the decline in to year-olds, there are still 1, births a week in this age group, meaning there's plenty of room for improvement. So don't wait to sit down with your teenager and discuss safe sex practices and the possibility of birth control. And don't forget to talk about emergency contraception and the use of condoms for protection against sexually transmitted diseases. We know these discussions aren't easy—but they are important.
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In , 21 percent of sexually active high school students those reporting they had sex in the three months preceding the survey reported using or having a partner that used birth control at their most recent sexual intercourse. From to , this proportion declined from 21 to 16 percent of students. From to , however, the percent remained relatively constant, fluctuating between 16 and 20 percent. The percentage of males who report that their partners used birth control pills at most recent sexual intercourse is markedly lower than the percentage among females who report using birth control pills. In , 19 percent of sexually active male high school students reported birth control pill use by their partners, compared with 22 percent of females.