A new addition to “the talk”

26 Nov

 

I found this article in Time that argues that doctors should discuss emergency contraception with their teen patients. Currently, there is no data showing that the discussion of emergency contraception will increase sexual activity among teen. They also say that teens lack impulse control and are not always careful about using birth control. By giving teens an advanced prescription for emergency contraception, doctors are hoping to lower the number of teen pregnancies. Plan B is available over the counter but personally, I don’t think I would feel comfortable asking for it at a pharmacy but a prescription would be more private. The article does not advocate giving young teenagers a prescription but starting to talk at an earlier age, around the time of the “birds and the bees” talk and making it an option for sexually active teens. Should doctors be allowed to discuss emergency contraception with their patient, even with those who would never use it?

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2 Responses to “A new addition to “the talk””

  1. shaybrandon November 27, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Yes, I think that talking about contraception and emergency contraception early is great. I think that it should also be known the responsibility that comes along with it. It should be known that there are consequences from sex but it should not be considered taboo.

  2. karaleesmith November 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    I agree that the doctor should have this discussion with the sexually active adolescent. There is nothing wrong with educating them on their options, especially since most teenagers are not fully award of all the methods of birth control. I did not know what Plan B was until was around senior year of high school. Women need to be more educated on the different types of birth control, and what better person to have a talk with than your doctor?

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