Monday, November 26, 2012

The doctor and the teenage girl

I came across two articles today.  The first says that the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new policy statement, encouraging pediatricians to inform their teenage patients about emergency contraception, and to write a prescription for "Plan B" if the patient is sexually active.  

Secondly, I read an article about a teenage girl in Great Britain who suffered seven heart attacks in a matter of minutes, as well as hundreds of blood clots, which doctors now say were caused by one month on the Pill.  

Most emergency contraception is an incredibly strong dose of the Pill.

A teenage girl nearly died from one month on the Pill.  (And she's not the only one.)

Our pediatricians think teenage girls should have immediate access to emergency contraception.  

Is this caring, insightful, good medicine for the true good of the patient?  

I think not.  

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