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BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR LAUREN GORES

 


Teenagers should be given prescriptions for emergency contraception to keep on-hand, just in case, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics.

The AAP says adolescents are more likely to use emergency contraception if it’s prescribed in advance. It’s also recommending pediatricians play a role by counseling.”

"We should be prescribing it so they have it ready in case they need it, we should be educating families so they know it's available."

U.S. News & World Report notes the United States has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and three quarters of teen pregnancies are unintended. But HLN reports,

“Some parents are concerned that emergency contraception will lead to increased risky sexual behavior, but studies show that is not the case.”

Doctors say drugs like Plan B have a high rate of success if taken within 24 hours after unprotected sex. So, what’s the status now with emergency contraception? Bloomberg reports:

“The pills are available now without a prescription to females 17 and older and males 18 and older. A move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency contraception to be sold over the counter to girls younger than 17 was rejected by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in December.”

The running cost for emergency contraception is approximately $80, according to HLN.

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Nov 26, 2012

AAP Says Teens Need Emergency Contraception Prescriptions

 

Image Source: KSTU

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR LAUREN GORES

 


Teenagers should be given prescriptions for emergency contraception to keep on-hand, just in case, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics.

The AAP says adolescents are more likely to use emergency contraception if it’s prescribed in advance. It’s also recommending pediatricians play a role by counseling.”

"We should be prescribing it so they have it ready in case they need it, we should be educating families so they know it's available."

U.S. News & World Report notes the United States has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and three quarters of teen pregnancies are unintended. But HLN reports,

“Some parents are concerned that emergency contraception will lead to increased risky sexual behavior, but studies show that is not the case.”

Doctors say drugs like Plan B have a high rate of success if taken within 24 hours after unprotected sex. So, what’s the status now with emergency contraception? Bloomberg reports:

“The pills are available now without a prescription to females 17 and older and males 18 and older. A move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency contraception to be sold over the counter to girls younger than 17 was rejected by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in December.”

The running cost for emergency contraception is approximately $80, according to HLN.

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