New contraceptive developments on the horizon

Orquidia Torres, Elizabeth Alderman

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Unintended pregnancy rates have declined worldwide. This decrease is attributed to the acceptance and use of contraception. Despite this, the United States has one of the highest rates of adolescent pregnancy among developed nations. Long-acting reversible contraception, which includes intrauterine devices and implants, is recommended as first-line therapy for adolescents, but teens commonly choose short-acting forms of contraception, such as oral contraceptives. Several contraceptive options are available, but side effects can deter adolescents from starting or continuing contraceptives. New contraceptive developments could potentially reduce side effects, prolong the length of contraception, and allow males to participate in contraceptive efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalAdolescent medicine: state of the art reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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