What are the advantages of minors using birth control?

Abstinence is usually

Abstinence is usually preferable over sexual activity for minors, particularly those who are not mature enough to handle the consequences of sexual activity, which may include the need for regular gynecological care, STD management, and possible pregnancy. Contraceptives are less effective when used by minors because minors are less consistent with their use. Furthermore, hormonal contraceptives such as depo provera can cause the loss of bone density in adolescence.

That being said there are some situations where contraceptives may be advantageous. For example if a minor is sexually active the side effects of birth control drugs may outweigh the risks of pregnancy and/or abortion. Also, for minors who have gotten married at a young age contraception will be important if she doesn't want to get pregnant right away.

Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
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