Free Birth Control Curtails Teen Pregnancy 80 Percent

October 4, 2014 7:02 AM

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Free Birth Control Curtails Teen Pregnancy 80 Percent

According to a new study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine birth control methods like the implant and the IUD could lower pregnancy rates by approximately 80 percent in sexually active teen girls. This project is hot on the heels of The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation early this week urging physicians to encourage sexually active teen girls to consider implants and IUDs as first options for birth control.

ABC News’ Dr. Natasha Bhuyan explained that “an IUD is a t-shaped device placed into the uterus, while the subdermal implant is a small rod placed under the skin. Both methods involve more interaction with doctors than other commonly used birth control methods, such as condoms. But they are effectiv...

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