Prescribe ‘Morning After’ Pill For Teens Before They Need It, Doctors Say

CCI Editor: This is a “heads up” about what to expect from your pediatrician when you take your children for a check up.

The nation’s largest group of pediatricians is urging its members to write prescriptions in advance to enable teenagers to have fast access to the so-called morning-after birth control pill.

“Emergency contraception is an important backup method for all teenagers,” says a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Advanced provision increases the likelihood that teenagers will use emergency contraception when needed, reduces the time to use and does not decrease condom or other contraceptive use.”