Contraceptive Care for AdolescentsWHITAKER, AMY K. MD; GILLIAM, MELISSA MD, MPHClinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - pp 268-280 doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816d713e Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Abstract Author Information Adolescents have a high rate of unintended pregnancy: 82% of pregnancies for women aged 15 to 19 years are unintended. The large majority of sexually active adolescent women are using some method of contraception, but few are using long-acting highly effective methods, that is, intrauterine devices and implants. Most adolescent women are relying on oral contraceptive pills and/or condoms as their most effective method, with the third most common method being depot medroxyprogesterone acetate. None of the long-acting highly effective methods are contraindicated in adolescents, and they should be considered for use and offered to young women as contraceptive options. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois Correspondence: Amy K. Whitaker, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago Hospitals, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 2050, Chicago, IL. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.