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Adolescent Gynecology
Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives for Adolescents
Williams RL
TheFemalePatient.2012;37(2):21-26.

The use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) among adolescents is recommended by multiple professional organizations, and these highly effective methods can be safely used as first line options in any adolescent, including those with complex medical comorbidities. Adolescents have a 14% chance of having an unintended pregnancy by the age of 20. While hormonal contraceptive use is associated with the decline in adolescent pregnancies, rates have been stable since 2005 and remain among the highest in the developed world.


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