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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Contraception Recommendations

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced that it has updated its recommendations regarding contraception and adolescents.  The AAP now joins the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) in including long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs), such as the IUD and contraceptive implant, among birth control methods recommended for young people who are sexually active and wish to prevent pregnancy, and in urging pediatricians to discuss these methods with their patients.  "Pediatricians should not rely on abstinence counseling alone, but should additionally provide comprehensive sexual health information to all adolescents," according to the AAP's new policy.

IUDs and contraceptive implants provide very effective protection from pregnancy - less than 1% of women using these methods experience pregnancy.  In fact, any method of contraception is vastly more effective than no method of contraception; 85% of those who use no method become pregnant within a year.  It's important to note that IUDs, implants, and also hormonal methods like injectables and the pill do not offer protection from sexually transmitted infections and HIV; they must be used in combination with condoms to prevent HIV and STI transmission.

Check out Advocates' fact sheet on LARCS: Young Women and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

And our guide for youth-serving professionals, educators, and health care providers:  Providing LARCs to Young Women

 

 

 
We call on the Obama Administration to Allow U.S. Foreign Assistance for Safe Abortion Services

Advocates for Youth joins a coalition of leading domestic and global organizations spanning women’s rights, health, human rights, reproductive justice, young people, the LGBT community, faith, and development are calling for an end to the incorrect implementation of the Helms Amendment in order to save women’s lives and protect their wellbeing.

The Helms Amendment prohibits the use of U.S. foreign assistance funds “to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning.” For more than 40 years, the law has been incorrectly implemented as a complete ban on all abortion-related services. We urge swift action to allow support for abortion care for women who have been raped, who are victims of incest, or who face a life-endangering pregnancy in countries where those services are legally available.

We must eliminate the Helms amendment altogether. But until that happens, the very least we should do is eliminate confusion and properly implement the amendment.

Read the letter here

 

 
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