Pediatric group warns against pre-prescribing emergency contraceptives to adolescents
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - By CNS News

The American College of Pediatricians on Monday warned that increasing access to emergency contraceptives does not lower pregnancy rates among adolescents and young adults, but rather increases incidents of sexually transmitted diseases. “Despite self-reports denying it; ‘ready access’ to EC apparently increases the sexual activity of adolescents which is a risk factor for depression and suicide, poor school performance, more lifetime sexual partners, and an increased divorce rate,” the American College of Pediatricians, a national medical association of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals, said in a press release.


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