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.