The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology is now recommending that doctors offer long-term contraceptive methods as a first option to teens. In addition to their many other benefits, such methods might, you know, prevent some of the 750,000 teen pregnancies we have in the U.S. every year:
“It’s such a common thing,” said Dr. Rachel Phelps, medical director of Planned Parenthood’s Rochester/Syracuse Region. “I see teens and women every week who are pregnant because their doctors aren’t well educated in contraception.”
Phelps told the story of one young woman who had her IUD removed when she broke up with her boyfriend because her doctor said IUDs could only be used by women in monogamous relationships. The woman became pregnant and had an abortion.