Adolescents and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices

The Committee on Adolescent Health Care developed the Committee Opinion on Adolescents and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices. Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)—intrauterine devices and the contraceptive implant—are safe and appropriate contraceptive methods for most women and adolescents. The LARC methods are top-tier contraceptives based on effectiveness, with pregnancy rates of less than 1% per year for perfect use and typical use. These contraceptives have the highest rates of satisfaction and continuation of all reversible contraceptives. Adolescents are at high risk of unintended pregnancy and may benefit from increased access to LARC methods.

Contact:

Caitlin Phelps, MA
Director of Gynecology
cphelps@acog.org

Lyndona Charles
Special Assistant, Gynecology and Ethics
lcharles@acog.org