ACOG Statement on Teen Pregnancy and Contraception

April 7, 2015

Washington, DC Hal C. Lawrence, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), released the following statement regarding today’s data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“The CDC Vital Signs report, released today, shows encouraging progress in reducing teen pregnancy. Obstetrician-gynecologists play an integral role in reducing teen pregnancy rates through increased education and access to birth control. Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods – including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants – are the most effective forms of reversible contraception available and are safe for use by almost all reproductive-age women. We firmly believe that increased adoption of these methods can play a role in reducing unintended pregnancy.

“Moreover, data have demonstrated that LARC methods of birth control are just as safe and as effective when used by adolescents as adults. That’s why ACOG recommends use of LARC in its Committee Opinion on Adolescents and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices.

“Of course, access to contraception is essential for us to continue to make progress in avoiding unintended pregnancy. ACOG supports access to unhindered and affordable access to all forms of contraception. Today’s CDC data demonstrate that when contraception is affordable, the impact on the lives of American women is real.

“We look forward to our ongoing work with the CDC, our Fellows, and other health care providers to continue to provide the care adolescents need and to support efforts to lower the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S.”

ACOG’s Committee Opinion can be found here. ACOG’s Committee Opinion on Access to Contraception can be found here. For ACOG’s resource overview on IUDs and implants, please click here.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.

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