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Contraceptives

I. AAP Policy Statement/ Clinical Report/ Technical Report

Condom Use by Adolescents (Policy Statement)
Assists the pediatrician in understanding and supporting the use of condoms to prevent unintended pregnancies and STIs and address barriers to use. 

Contraception for Adolescents (Policy Statement)
Updates the 2007 AAP statement on contraception and adolescents and provides a description and rationale for best practices in counseling and prescribing contraception for adolescents.

Contraception for Adolescents (Technical Report)
Provides an evidence base for the accompanying policy statement and addresses key aspects of adolescent contraceptive use, including: (1) sexual history taking, confidentiality, and counseling; (2) adolescent data on the use and side effects of newer contraceptive methods; (3) new data on older contraceptive methods; and (4) evidence supporting the use of contraceptives in adolescent patients with complex medical conditions.

Contraception for HIV-Infected Adolescents (Clinical Report)
Importance of and challenges surrounding provision of contraception for HIV-infected youth.

Emergency Contraception (Policy Statement)
Updated policy statement to (1) educate pediatricians and other physicians on available emergency contraceptive methods; (2) provide current data on safety, efficacy, and use of emergency contraception in teenagers; and (3) encourage routine counseling and advance emergency-contraception prescription as 1 part of a public health strategy to reduce teen pregnancy; focuses on pharmacologic methods of emergency contraception used within 120 hours of unprotected or underprotected coitus for the prevention of unintended pregnancy.


II. Websites

Contraception (AAP)
AAP.org Adolescent Sexual Health webpage devoted to contraception-related information and resources. Information on practice recommendations for contraceptive use and long acting reversible contraception (LARCs) is offered. Provider resources include policy statements, technical reports, and clinical reports on the topics of contraception; condom use; emergency contraception; sexuality, contraception and the media; and contraception for HIV-infected adolescents. Informational content for parents and youth includes emergency contraception; effective birth control for sexually active teens; and teenage pregnancy.   

US Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (CDC- AAP Endorsed)
Evidence-based clinical guidance for health care providers to reduce medical barriers to contraception access and use.

The Great Condom Campaign (Advocates for Youth)
Advocates for Youth’s “The Great American Condom Campaign” (GACC) is a youth-led grassroots movement to make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation. Each year, GACC members give out 1,000,000 Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young people’s health and lives.

Contraceptive Access for Highly Vulnerable Youth (Advocates for Youth)
Advocates for Youth is working in three cities in the United States, Atlanta, Tucson and Washington DC to design and test family planning service delivery models that improve uptake of contraception by highly vulnerable youth. In Atlanta, Advocates is working with refugee youth, in Tucson with youth who are in drug treatment or other government agencies, and in Washington DC, staff is working to improve pediatrician’s willingness and ability to provide contraceptives to the teens they serve. Staff provides resources, training, technical assistance and evaluation consultation to assess the impact of these models and their potential to be scaled. 

Condom Use (Child Trends)
Child Trends databank indicator includes key facts about and trends in condom use.

Birth Control Pill Use Data Indicator (Child Trends)
Child Trends databank indicator includes key facts about and trends in birth control pill use.

STD Information and Resources (National Coalition of STD Directors)
National Coalition of STD Directors webpage with tools and materials including basic information about STDs as well as testing, prevention, and treatment. Includes a free condom finder.

Bedsider
Information about contraception for teens and young adults.

An Overview of Minor Consent Laws (Contraceptive Services) (Guttmacher Institute)
Guttmacher Institute webpage includes information about categories of state law that affect a minor’s right to consent.
 

III. Fact Sheet

Contraceptive and Reproductive Health Services for Teens: Evidence-based Clinical Best Practices (CDC)
Fact sheet detailing evidence-based clinical practice(s), and rationale for contraceptive and reproductive health service domains for teens.

 

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