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Barriers and Solutions to Improve Adolescent Intrauterine Device Access

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      Professional organizations agree that adolescents are good candidates for intrauterine device (IUD) use. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists affirm that IUDs should be considered first-line as contraceptive methods for adolescents. Although the number of teens using IUDs is growing, multiple barriers remain, including systems, and patient- and provider-level obstacles. Only through concerted efforts and a committed action plan will adolescents achieve better access to IUDs.

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