Intrauterine devices in adolescentsDavis, Ann J.Current Opinion in Pediatrics: October 2011 - Volume 23 - Issue 5 - p 557–565 doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e32834a99d8 Office pediatrics: Edited by Henry H. Bernstein Abstract Author Information Purpose of review The stubborn epidemic of teen pregnancy remains a major public health problem in the United States. This review discusses the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) in United States teens as a potential strategy to reduce teen pregnancy. Traditionally, the IUD was not thought of as an appropriate teen contraceptive method. Recent findings Recently, IUDs have become a recommended contraceptive option for adolescent females. This change reflects an understanding of the safety of modern IUDs, the potential for this highly effective method to reduce teen pregnancy, and the promotion of this strategy in teens by national organizations/governmental agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Current data do not support that IUDs affect long-term fertility or increase sexually transmitted diseases in teens. Summary IUDs are now considered by many experts as a first-line contraceptive option for teens in the United States. Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA Correspondence to Ann J. Davis, MD, Office of Student Affairs, Dartmouth Medical School, Remsen 7010, Hanover, NH 03755, USA Tel: +1 603 650 1509; e-mail: Ann.J.Davis@Dartmouth.Edu © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.