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JAMA Pediatrics Patient Page
May 2016

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception for Adolescents

JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(5):516. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2526

Preventing unwanted pregnancy among adolescents is a priority for parents as well as pediatricians.

In 2014, there were 24.2 births for every 1000 female adolescents 15 to 19 years of age. Although the teen birth rate in the United States has decreased over the past 20 years, it is still higher than that of many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.

Being an adolescent parent is associated with negative consequences for the adolescent parents, their children, and society. Children born to adolescents face many challenges, including having poorer educational, behavioral, and health outcomes compared with children born to older parents. Adolescents who have children face increased barriers to completing school, obtaining jobs, and achieving their personal goals.