Adolescent Health Program

Dr. Krishna Upadhya Suggests that Teens Consider IUDs for Birth Control

Study: Condoms Fail, Teens Should Consider Implants, IUDs

A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics says condoms fail, and that teens should consider implants and IUDs as more reliable forms of birth control. The study says implants and IUDs are not widely used by teens but are the most effective methods of contraceptives available. Only one in 2,000 women using the implants have an unintended pregnancy during the first year of use, according to the study. Depending on the IUD, the rate of accidental pregnancy ranges from one in 125 to one in 500. The study says 18% of women who start using condoms for birth control become pregnant within one year. Dr. Krishna Upadhya of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center says; “I would say you need to use both…this method is going to be great for protecting you from pregnancy but it’s not going to do anything to protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.” Nearly half of all teens are sexually active during high school and about 750,000 become pregnant each year. More than 80% of those pregnancies are unplanned.

Please see the below link for the news broadcast featuring our own Dr. Krishna Upadhya’s expert opinion on adolescent birth control methods.

http://www.foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/study-condoms-fail-teens-should-consider-implants-iuds-32247.shtml