Family planning providers should develop ways to provide contraceptives to patients in one visit (known as Quick Start) for all methods, according to the Family Planning National Training Center’s Contraceptive Access Change Package. New research indicates that while most public-sector and private providers consider Quick Start for combined hormonal contraceptives and depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) safe for use among adolescents, fewer private providers utilize the technique.
Experiences of sexual harassment and assault are unfortunate realities for many adolescents and young adults. Many youth-serving health professionals have begun to ask how they can contribute to addressing or even preventing sexual harassment and assault in their patients’ lives.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued a new committee opinion designed to help clinicians aid patients in managing symptoms of dysmenorrhea effectively so that women may continue everyday activities with minimal disruption.
About 14 million additional preteens, beyond those who will receive the HPV shot based on current rates, will need to be immunized between now and 2026 to reach the 80% vaccination rate goal, an American Cancer Society report indicates.
Just-released data indicate human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination completion in U.S. adolescents increased by five percentage points from 2016 to 2017, and initiation of the vaccine has gone up 5.1 percentage points, on average, each year since 2013.
Even though age limits for purchasing emergency contraception (EC) were removed five years ago, results of a recent survey of more than 700 Texas pharmacies found that 46.5% of drugstores still have an age restriction for buying the medication, and more than 50% require a consultation before medication purchase.