IUDs for Teens Get Thumbs Up
October 9, 2012
A few years ago, doctors wouldn’t have recommended that teenage girls use an intrauterine device (IUD) as a form of birth control. Now, that’s changing. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) now says that the best form of birth control for teens is a birth control that is placed in the body by a doctor, either an IUD—which is placed in the uterus—or an implant like Implanon—which is placed in the upper arm. IUDs and implants are seen as more effective methods because there’s nothing to forget with an IUD or implant, but you can forget to put in a new contraceptive ring or to take a pill.
The best way to prevent a pregnancy is to remain abstinent, but if you choose not to be abstinent, you should have access to any form of birth control. Not everyone is going to forget to take a pill once a day, but having a birth control option you don’t have to think about daily or monthly works for some people.
What it comes down to is that it’s really up to you whether you use the Pill, the Patch, the Ring, an IUD, the Shot, abstinence or condoms. You have to think about effectiveness, the way it works, cost and if it will fit your lifestyle among other things. No matter what method you choose, having more options and being able to make an informed decision is always best.