Teens Should Be Offered IUDs, Top Doctors' Group Says

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"I can't say [long-acting methods are the] first line in every case," said Dr. Rollyn M. Ornstein, associate professor of pediatrics at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. "I love the fact that they're recommending it, but I don't think it's 100-percent-across-the-board the right method for everyone."

Ornstein noted that many of the doctors teens first see for contraception -- pediatricians and adolescent medicine doctors like herself -- may not insert IUDs and implants, which can limit these patients' ability to get these options.

But Dr. Debra Braun-Courville, adolescent medicine fellowship program director at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, said she hopes the new recommendation will encourage such doctors to refer their patients to those who can offer these methods.

"Even if adolescent health care providers cannot physically provide the IUD as a method of contraception for their patients because of training and insertion limitations, hopefully this report will encourage them to seek alternative clinical facilities and providers who can provide this option," she said.

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