Emergency Contraception: A Primer for Pediatric Providers

Alana L. Clements; Alison Moriarty Daley

Disclosures

Pediatr Nurs. 2006;32(2):147-153. 

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Summary

The rate of pregnancy in adolescent women in the United States continues to be the highest of any industrialized nation. Plan B and combined estrogen-progestin EC can effectively prevent unwanted pregnancy, which has the potential to decrease the rates of both teen pregnancies and abortions. Educating adolescents about the utility and availability of EC is simple and can be easily integrated into any visit. While programs exist to increase awareness and availability of EC, none of these is as effective for adolescents as learning about it in a concrete, adolescent-friendly manner from a health care provider who knows them and is familiar with their needs. There are many situations under which Plan A - protected sex - may not work and adolescents will need a backup plan such as EC. NPs working with adolescents in all settings need to be knowledgeable and accessible to provide this underutilized and highly effective service to teens.

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