There have been many studies looking at the risks and effectiveness of these devices in all women. In light of the high rate of unintended pregnancies in teens, they are especially useful, as they are also known as “forgettable contraception.”
These are commonly called STIs or STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). There are a number of different infections, but all are spread via sexual contact, often through body fluids that carry the virus.
In March 2012, updated screening guidelines were released that recommend women have their first Pap test at age 21 and have screening every three years from 21-29 if the test is negative.
Teenagers who are sexually active should be seen for a variety of concerns by a physician or provider.
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