Birth Control Options for Teens
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
For most American woman, the birth control pill is the leading method of contraception that’s reversible, according to Children's National Health System's Kathy Woodward, MD.
“And when teens use it they also find that they have a much higher discontinuation rate,” said Dr. Woodward. “About 50 percent of teens that start the birth control pill aren’t using it in six months. So, there then are some unintended pregnancies because they stopped using a method.”
In this video, Woodward shares her insight on how adolescents can use long-acting reversible contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancy, specifically the single implant rod and intra-uterine device. She discusses the benefits and limitations of different methods of adolescent contraception.
“We’ve been dealing with the issue of teen pregnancy for many, many years,” said Dr. Woodward, who works in Children’s National’s Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
department. “And, as we keep looking at different contraceptive methods, we find that many things, Murphy’s Law applies for most contraceptives with adolescents. If adult women can get a method to work 3 percent of the time, you sort of need to double that for teenagers.”
About the Expert
Kathy WoodwardAdolescent Medicine Specialist
Kathy Woodward, MD, is the Director of In-Patient and Community Health Services in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s National Health System.