Why LARCs are not necessarily great for teens

Pregnancy avoidance is not the only consideration for many adolescent girls choosing contraception, says a US paediatrician who disputes that LARCs should be the automatic go-to.

Although LARCs (long-acting reversible contraceptives) are widely deemed the most effective choice, Dr Maya Kumar, from the University of California San Diego, challenges advice that doctors should routinely promote them first-line for teens.

“Although contraceptive efficacy is highly valued by women and adolescent girls, it is usually not the only factor that drives contraceptive decision

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