New recommendation for doctors and teen pregnancy - Tucson News Now

New recommendation for doctors and teen pregnancy

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In the latest battle to fight teen pregnancy, a new recommendation is urging doctors to prescribe teens emergency contraceptives before they need it. 

Many teens turn to Planned Parenthood  for information on emergency contraceptives like the morning after pill.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has a big recommendation about this.  They are encouraging doctors to give teens prescriptions for emergency contraceptives before they even need it. 

The Academy says physicians should also counsel teens on various options for birth control, as a way to fight teen pregnancy.

Teen pregnancies in the U.S. have declined over the last twenty years, but numbers are still the highest compared to other countries.

Nearly 80 percent of teen pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended; still many are concerned young girls could take this as a sign to have sex, while those in support of this say having emergency contraceptives available could keep teen girls safe.

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