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Postabortion and Postpartum Intrauterine Device Provision for Adolescents and Young Adults

  • Sarah F. Peterson
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    Division of Family Planning Services and Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
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  • Lisa M. Goldthwaite
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    Address correspondence to: Lisa M. Goldthwaite, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, 300 Pasteur Dr Room HG332, Stanford, CA, 94305-5317; Phone: (650) 498-6079; fax: (650) 723-7732
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    Division of Family Planning Services and Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
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      Abstract

      Adolescents are at high risk for unintended pregnancy and rapid repeat pregnancy, both of which can be associated with negative health and social outcomes. Intrauterine device (IUD) use has been shown to decrease unintended pregnancy and rapid repeat pregnancy. Evidence supports IUD insertion postabortion and postpartum as safe and practical for nearly all women, including adolescent and young adult women. Providers of adolescent gynecology can play an important role in decreasing repeat and unintended pregnancy among adolescents by increasing access to IUDs, reducing barriers to care, and providing IUDs immediately postabortion and postpartum.

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