Contraception for adolescents: a growing need of today

Rita Mittal

Abstract


The future of adolescent contraception requires the collaboration between providers, patients and sometimes their parents. Trends show that percentage of those with premarital sexual experience and adolescent pregnancy outside marriage in India are also on the rise making the situation worse and requiring urgent attention from policies and programmes. Teenage pregnancy prevention is a priority because of the implications for the patients as well as for the society as a whole. The ability to provide non-discriminatory, confidential, accessible care and our role in the education and guidance of our patients are likely to determine the future of this generation of teens.

Keywords


Adolescent, Contraception, Sexual intercourse

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