An intrauterine device can be made of plastic or copper and is 99 per cent effective at preventing pregnancy. (Craig Chivers/CBC)

Birth control advice for teens should focus on IUDs first, say doctors

The Canadian Paediatric Society says doctors should advise youth that the best way for them to avoid pregnancy is the intrauterine device. The t-shaped device is about one-quarter the size of a person’s palm and is made of plastic or copper. It is inserted into the uterus and can remain there for several years providing a 99 per cent efficiency rate of contraception.

Pediatricians speak with teens and children as young as 10 years old without the presence of their parents or caregivers.

Doctors advised to speak privately with teens

Health care providers are advised to discuss sexual health, fertility, family planning and contraception with all youth early in adolescence, before they become sexually active. And they are encouraged to do so without parents present.

“Even before the teen years, often physicians will take an opportunity with a 10-year old, and 11-year old or 12-year old to just talk with them privately, just check in about how they’re doing in life,” says Dr. Margo Lane chair of the adolescent health committee at the Canadian Paediatric Society.

“It doesn’t need to be all around sexual health issues. It can be around other things–‘how is it going at school, any troubles with bullying’–all those sorts of things, and offering…an opportunity for health care providers to be really ‘askable’ people in the young person’s life.”

Dr. Lane says doctors should begin to speak privately with children before they hit puberty or become sexually active.

IUD is okay for women who have not born children

In the past, it was thought that IUDs should not be used by women until after they bore a first child. That has since been disproved, but not all health care providers have adapted and told teens the IUD is the top choice for birth control.

The Canadian Paediatric Society says teens should be told that the next most effective methods of contraception are birth control pills which are 91 per cent effective if you remember to take them. They are on a par with birth control patches and rings. Next are condoms which again, when used properly, are 82 per cent effective.

No matter what method of contraception is chosen, teens should be advised to also use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, says Lane.

Categories: Health, Society
Tags: , , , , ,

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet Netiquette guidelines.

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1.’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3.’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish or in one of the two official languages, English or French. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *