Teens using the morning-after pill more

It can reduce the chance of a pregnancy by nearly 90 percent

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – According to some new research from the CDC, teens aren’t necessarily having more sex, but when they do they’re taking the morning-after pill more often.

The morning-after pill has a higher dose of the hormone progestin, which is in regular birth control pills. If it’s taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it can reduce the chance of a pregnancy by nearly 90 percent.

Dr. David Kattan of Baystate Health told 22News if teenagers are using this emergency contraceptive, it’s a good idea for them to explore other options, “Things like intrauterine devices and implants that are far more effective than the morning-after pill or the birth control pill.”

Experts attribute the increase in use to more accessibility. In 2006 teens 18 and older could buy the morning-after pill without a prescription. Two years ago age limits were lifted.

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