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American Academy of Pediatrics has a new recommendation to avoid teen pregnancy

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SPOKANE, Wash.- The American Academy of Pediatrics say abstinence is the only 100% effective way to avoid unwanted pregnancy and STDs, but teens don't often follow that advice. Now they're recommending IUDs and Progestin Implants to teens to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

Mary Ramirez is an 18-year-old freshman at Eastern Washington University. She sees the appeal in long term birth control, “I think it'd be safer for college students, and it's better than forgetting to take the pill.”

It's for that reason that the American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting IUDs for teens and women in their early twenties. Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho agrees. President and CEO Karl Eastlund says, “ It's something we've known and been talking about for many years. This is great for teens. I'm not sure why (the study) took so long, but it's great that it's getting additional attention from the press. There used to be this myth that it was only good for women after they had a delivery or a pregnancy, but that's just not true. It's good for all women, regardless of age.”

Some women, however, remain skeptical. Shanda Lange is a student as EWU as well. She explained how she felt, saying, “I'm going to guess that they're painful. I don't really believe in birth control because I think it's harmful for your body. As far as recommending them for young women? I would definitely do some research before I did it.”

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