Beth Freedland, DO           
 

Is it safe for Teenagers to be on Birth Control?

As young woman get older they go through changes in their bodies that are confusing to them. Many young teens seek the advice of their mothers or an OBGYN to help them understand their hormonal changes. As they grow and become more sexually active they should be informed about Pregnancy, STDs and birth control. It all depends when they start seeing an OBGYN./

Birth control Pill

The most common birth control method available for female teens is the “the pill” The Pill may refer to any oral contraceptive that uses one or more hormones. One cycle on the pill is 28 days. birthcontrol When used correctly, the Pill is more than 99 percent effective. However, if a pill is missed or you fail to take the pill at a consistent time every day, the effectiveness decreases. The Pill is used for contraception and other medical uses. Women with particular painful periods often find that the Pill can reduce cramps and make periods lighter. The Pill also provides protection from pelvic inflammatory disease, acne, some cancers, bone thinning, ovarian cysts, and more. On most days, you take a pill that contains active hormonal ingredients, but the end of the cycle is marked by placebo pills. Placebos are taken for seven or four days, depending on the prescription. For most women, menses will occur during the placebo period. Adolescent gynecology is continuing to grow because an increasing number of girls are seeking birth control. The average onset of puberty is earlier; so young girls are experiencing the menstrual cycle at an early age. Adolescent gynecology specialists are more likely to prescribe the Pill to a young girl experiencing menstrual dysfunction, so the minimum prescription age is dependent on the patient’s reproductive health. For this reason, the Pill is prescribed to girls as young as 12. Many specialists feel that the Pill is safe and effective for adolescent girls.   Like any drug, the Pill does have some negative side effects that may disappear with continued usage. Side effects include spotting between periods, changes to a woman’s libido, nausea, tenderness of the breasts, and slight weight gain. One of the most serious side effects is the risk of blood clots that can lead to serious injury or death. When you are trying to choose the best birth control, you should have an open discussion with your doctor about your options. If you are a parent trying to discuss the pill with your daughter, arm yourself with information so that you can both feel that you are making the best decision for her health and everyone’s peace of mind. If you have more questions or want more information on a certain type of birth control contact OBGYN Dr. Beth Freedland in Boca Raton at 561-961-5456
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