Give Teens Access to Emergency Contraception, AAP Says
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is encouraging physicians to discuss emergency contraception with teenage patients. In a new policy statement, the AAP says doctors should write prescriptions for contraception – such as Plan B – for teens who are sexually active.
The new guideline is an update to the 2005 policy statement by the AAP, the largest organization of pediatric doctors in the United States.
Dr. Jennifer Reed, associate professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s, says many doctors only see teens when they are sick or injured, and they should take that opportunity to bring up subjects like emergency contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.
“I think the policy statement will bring awareness to pediatricians and hopefully give guidance to what is accepted,” says Reed, who was not involved in writing the statement.