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(NEWSER) – The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its policy on birth control, and the pill clocks in at a distant fourth in terms of recommended methods for teen girls. The new guidance advises that teens use long-acting methods like IUDs or hormonal implants, which are almost 100% effective and do a better job in preventing pregnancy than birth control pills, patches, and injections. NBC Newshas the order of recommendation:

  1. Progestin implants like Implanon or Nexplanon
  2. Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  3. Depo-Provera, which is injected every 13 to 15 weeks
  4. Combined oral contraceptive pills

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