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Birth Control After Baby
Most teens do not want another pregnancy right after having a baby, but they may not be well informed about birth control methods that are safe and effective after child birth. Keep reading for information and tips on forms of birth control after having a baby.
About half of babies born in the US are the result of unplanned pregnancy, and teens are especially at risk for unplanned pregnancy, mostly due to a lack of education. Teens' doctors should talk to them about postpartum birth control before they give birth and at their postpartum appointment to increase the chances that the teen's next pregnancy will be planned.
Most teen pregnancies are unplanned, and may come as the result of misunderstandings or wrong information about birth control. Some important facts for teens to know about birth control after having a baby:
There are many types of birth control available to teens after childbirth depending on their situations.
The use of condoms is strongly recommended for sexually active teens to prevent STDs, even when using other birth control methods.
US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine, "Birth Control Options Postpartum" [online]
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "Unintended Pregnancy Prevention: Contraception" [online]
WomensHealth.gov, "Birth Control Methods: Frequently Asked Questions" [online]
WomensHealth.gov, Healthy Pregnancy, "Getting Pregnant Again" [online]
Utah Department of Health, PRAMS Perspectives, "Unintended Pregnancy in Utah" [online]
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