Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Contraception in Adolescent Females with Chronic Illness: Current Concepts

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Contraception in Adolescent Females with Chronic Illness: Current Concepts

Article excerpt

Sexual behavior is a universal theme of adolescents around the world, including those who have chronic illness. Contraception is a consequential concept to appreciate for all sexually active adolescent females who wish to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Adolescent pregnancy is a global issue and one that needs to be addressed by the health care community. There are over 14 million adolescents in the world giving birth each year, including 5.7 million in Asia, 4.5 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2.1 million in the Middle East and North Africa and 1.3 million in the developed countries. In North America, 5% of females ages 15- 19 give birth each year, in contrast to 2% in Europe, 4% in Asia, 8% in Latin America and 12% in Africa. The concept of adolescent pregnancy is different is various countries and thus, contraception is viewed differently as well. This presentation reviews principles of adolescent pregnancy as well as contraception for youth including those with chronic illness. Is adolescent pregnancy safe? Can it be made safer? Can unwanted pregnancies among youth of the world be prevented? Is contraception safe and should pediatricians become more involved? This session discusses a variety of methods including oral contraception, contraceptive patch, mini-pills, injectable contraception (DMPA), intravaginal ring, vaginal barrier contraceptives, and intrauterine devices. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.