Avoid Coercion When Offering Contraception, Experts Warn

May 18, 2017

(Medscape) – “We really have to reframe the conversation,” Dr Bhardwaj stressed in her presentation on contraception and coercion. “You can’t think of teen pregnancy as a disease. If you offer a long-acting reversible contraceptive device and your patient doesn’t want it, don’t try to convince her; move on.” The coercion discussion is gaining momentum because doctors sometimes feel they need to convince adolescent patients to use contraception, even if they don’t want to. An opinion issued by the ACOG Committee on Adolescent Health Care applauds the fact that the adolescent birth rate in the United States has reached an all-time low, as detailed in a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but warns that healthcare providers need to take care in “resisting potential coercion.”

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