New guidelines want doctors to urge teen girls to get IUD implants
About 750,000 teens get pregnant each year, but new guidelines from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology want doctors to begin urging teen girls to get IUD implants.
A national study says more than 1/3 of young people between the ages of 15-19 are sexually active.
Even more alarming is that most teens have reported using some form of birth control, but many of these methods have high failure rates because teens are not using them correctly.
That's why experts are urging this controversial step.
The nation's most influential doctors are recommending teen girls that have sex use an IUD or implant to prevent pregnancy.
"Once young women are sexually active I put them in. Women that are as young as 14 or 15 years old they typically tolerate very well," said Dr. Carlos Bolden, an OBGYN at South Bend Clinic.
Dr. Bolden says there have been several studies that show IUD's do not promote or increase sexual activity.
"The IUDs don't protect against any sexually transmitted disease," he said. "So even for our adolescent patients in addition to the IUD, we do recommend regular condom use for a reduction in risk of sexually transmitted infections."
An IUD is a small "T" shaped device placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
Teens have to remember to take a birth control pill daily where as once an IUD is placed it can be effective from anywhere from 3 to 10 years.
Mothers WSBT 22 spoke with who didn't want to go on camera say they're worried by the new recommendations. They say a teenager is too young to be using the implanted device.
The new guidelines do emphasize abstinence is the only way to be 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy and STDS.
Doctor Bolden said anyone with an IUD implant can have these removed at any time and it does not have an adverse affect on future fertility.
The cost for an IUD are in the hundreds of dollars and do require a medical procedure by a doctor.