Unintended Consequences

IUDs and other long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) win praise for helping reduce teen pregnancy—but a new study raises the concern that teens on LARCs might be dropping condoms.

According to a study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics, high school girls using LARCs were 60% less likely use condoms during sex than teens taking the pill.

The study stirs additional questions, such as whether or not teens are getting adequate counseling about sexually transmitted infections when they go on LARCs.

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