Pedaling the Morning-After Pill to Teenage Girls

Holy Hormones Honey! Where the hell are the boys? Isn’t this giving free reign to man-boys to have sex with women-girls without being accountable? This goes along with the article I just posted on Indian women being coerced  into being sterilized without knowledge of other birth control options.  Men and the medical and pharmaceutical industries are pillaging women’s pelvic goldmines.

What about STD’s? Oh, that’s right! Merck et al. are standing on the other side of the line with their STD (HPV) vaccines.

Teenagers and the Morning-After Pill

The NY Times
December 3, 2012

When a teenager goes in for a checkup, the pediatrician often asks the parent to step outside so the doctor can talk to the youngster one-on-one about sensitive topics, like whether she is using drugs or is sexually active.

Now the nation’s leading pediatrics organization is encouraging doctors to also talk to teenagers about the morning-after pill — and to send girls home with prescriptions for emergency contraception, just in case.

The recommendation, announced last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is the latest salvo in the contentious debate over access to emergency contraception. Ever since the Food and Drug Administration approved levonorgestrel (now sold under the brand name Plan B One Step, and generically as Next Choice), advocates have pushed to make it more easily accessible.

Several medical societies, including those representing gynecologists and pediatricians, favor making emergency contraceptives available over the counter, since the drugs are supposed to be taken within five days of unprotected sex in order to be effective. In 2006, levonorgestrel was made available over-the-counter for women age 18 and older. In 2009, after a legal fight, the age was lowered to 17.

The academy’s policy revision was prompted in part by new research showing that young women provided with advance prescriptions for the morning-after pill were more likely to use the drug after unprotected sex than those without a prescription, and were more likely to use it in a timely manner.

“If you’ve got a teen in the clinic, you ought to be talking to them about sexual activity, even if that’s not necessarily why they’re coming in,” said Dr. Cora Breuner, a pediatrician and a member of the academy’s committee on adolescence. “Not enough people know about emergency contraception, not even 30- and 40-year-old women.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.