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New Generation Birth Control for Teens

Nov 22, 2021
Adolescent Teen Girl

Are you curious about what birth control methods are safe and effective in adolescents? Most people have heard about the pill, but did you know that intrauterine devices (IUDs), implants, patches and more can be used by adolescents too? Here, we highlight some new and exciting updates to available contraceptive methods:

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

Certain types of hormonal IUD’s may now be kept in place longer – up to 7 years. These are low-maintenance and one of the most effective birth control options available. IUDs are safe birth control opinions for teens and young adults, even if they’ve never had a baby before. They can even help with heavy periods. Some young women stop having a period all together while using an IUD.

New Pills with Progestin-only

A second-generation progestin-only pill is now available. This new medication is similar to the mini-pill, but it’s more forgiving. The original progestin-only pills required that you use a back-up or second form of birth control if you missed the pill by three hours or more. With this new generation medication, it’s still effective if taken up to 24 hours late, providing more flexibility for teens on the go.

At-home Subcutaneous Injection

Does your teen like their injectable birth control, but hate coming into the office every 12 weeks? An injectable birth control that can be given at home by the adolescent or an adult is currently on the market. The dose of hormone is slightly less than that in traditional injections given in the office. Learning to give the injection is simple and can increase access to birth control!

Want to hear more about these and other options for birth control? The Young Women’s Contraceptive Services Program (BC4Teens) specializes in birth control for adolescents and young adults. The providers are knowledgeable and remain up to date on the latest available methods for teens. Click here to schedule an appointment in the BC4Teens.

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