Contraception options and provision to adolescents

Cynthia L. Robbins, Mary A. Ott

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Adolescent pregnancy is a significant cause of global morbidity and mortality. Adolescents who become pregnancy have lower educational attainment, are more likely to live in poverty, and have lower wellbeing. Increasing access to hormonal contraceptives and long acting reversible contraception is highly effective in reducing adolescent pregnancies. This narrative review covers key aspects of the provision of contraception to adolescents, including confidentiality, counseling, and data supporting expanded access to adolescents. We provide information for pediatric providers to start adolescent patients on contraceptives, including a detailed description of each method, including effectiveness, use, starting, side effects and benefits. Tools for counseling and prescribing are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-414
Number of pages12
JournalMinerva Pediatrica
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Adolescent
  • Contraception
  • Counseling
  • Intrauterine devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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