Over the past 10 years, a number of new contraceptive methods have become available.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to review and update its recommendations on contraceptive methods to provide pediatricians with the information they need in order to counsel and prescribe contraception for adolescents.
Regardless of which method of contraception is chosen, your pediatrician should stress that all methods of hormonal birth control are safer than pregnancy.
Unintended pregnancy is a serious adolescent morbidity, and use of effective contraception is one of the pillars of adolescent pregnancy prevention.
Each year, approximately 750,000 adolescent girls become pregnant, and 82% of these pregnancies are unplanned.
Although abstinence is the number one choice for birth control, pills, patches and shots are all effective.
Listen in as Dr. Mary Ott discusses the importance of communication with your child and the many forms of contraception that are available and safe.