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Teens can get IUD’s and contraceptive implants, doctors’ group says

Teenage girls who are sexually active should have the option of using a long-acting form of contraception like an intrauterine device or hormonal implant, recommended the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in a new opinion statement issued Thursday evening.

That’s a major shift away from previous advice against the use of IUD’s in teens due to concerns about difficulties inserting the device into the uterus and an increased risk of vaginal infections that could lead to infertility. Contraceptive implants -- which are inserted beneath the skin and prevent pregnancy by releasing the hormone progestin -- can cause irregular bleeding, which is why some doctors shied away from using them in teens.

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