Pediatrics Group Calls for Easier Access to Emergency Contraception

Pediatricians should counsel all adolescents on use of emergency contraception, such as Plan B, as part of routine practice, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement.

Healthcare professionals should provide teens with an education on the use, availability, and advance prescription of emergency contraception, as well as contraindications and adverse events related to different forms of emergency contraception, according to the statement drafted by Drs. Krishna Upadhya and Cora Breuner and colleagues of the AAP Committee on Adolescence.

“The discussion of emergency contraceptions methods with patients must also include the fact that none of these methods will protect from sexually-transmitted infections,” they wrote online in the journal Pediatrics.

COLE PETROCHKO of MedPage Today reports here.

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