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Topic - Cora Collette Breuner
Pediatricians should actively counsel teens about "emergency contraception" and even provide them with prescriptions or products ahead of time, to ensure they have the pills if they need them, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a policy statement released online Monday.
The goal, of course, is to encourage sexually active youths to use regular birth-control methods, she added.
The recommendation that pediatricians proactively consider giving "advance" prescriptions or actual emergency contraception products to patients stems from research showing that teens will use the pills if they have them, said Dr. Breuner.