The age of adolescence is the time when most adolescents in the world begin to be sexually active with resultant millions of pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). This chapter considers methods of contraception for these adolescents, including oral contraceptives, transdermal contraception, minipills, intra-vaginal ring, injectable contraception, intrauterine devices (IUDs), barrier contraceptives, implants, and others. It is important for clinicians caring for sexually active youth to provide information regarding contraception and appropriate contraceptive prescriptions.

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Published in Adolescent Medicine: Pharmacotherapeutics in General, Mental and Sexual Health. Donald E. Greydanus, Dilip R. Patel, Hatim A. Omar, Cynthia Feucht, & Joav Merrick, (Eds.). p. 361-385.

© 2012 Walter de Greyter GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, Boston

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Reprinted as an article in International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, v. 5, no. 4, p. 403-419.

Reprinted as a book chapter in Child and Adolescent Health Yearbook 2012. Joav Merrick, (Ed.). p. 473-494.