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A model holds the Nexplanon hormonal implant for birth control. Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends. (Merck/AP)
A model holds the Nexplanon hormonal implant for birth control. Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends. (Merck/AP)
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Let's talk about sex. Teenagers and sex, specifically, because a major medical group is recommending significant changes to what doctors talk about about when they're discussing contraceptive options with teen patients.

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Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She tweets @commonhealth.

Dr. Sarah Pitts, program director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.

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CommonHealth: Word To Pediatricians: IUDs And Implants Top Choices For Teen Birth Control

  • "When a teen girl tells her pediatrician she’s thinking about having sex, the response is often a brief talk about abstinence, a handful of condoms, and a referral to the family planning clinic across town. But a new recommendation makes pediatricians likelier to discuss the whole gamut of birth control methods—with IUDs and hormonal implants topping the list."

This segment aired on September 29, 2014.

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