Free IUDs, implants cut teen pregnancies, abortions

October 1, 2014 9:02 PM

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Free IUDs, implants cut teen pregnancies, abortions

Teenage girls given free birth control and encouraged to use the most effective methods ended up getting pregnant, having abortions and giving birth at rates dramatically lower than usually seen in sexually active teens, a new study shows.

The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, comes just after the nation's leading pediatricians group said doctors should counsel more sexually active teens to do exactly what many of the study participants did – get a hormonal implant or an intrauterine device (IUD).

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