Why teens may be prescribed birth control pills

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Why teens may be prescribed birth control pills

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There are several situations where it's appropriate to put young, teen girls on birth control pills. The first one is severe acne, which can cause scarring. It's a very good, effective treatment, instead of more toxic drugs used by Dermatologists. The second is a heavy menstrual flow that can cause anemia, and a third is a really valid reason. It's PMS or bad cramps, causing a young girl 11, 12, 13 year old girl to miss a lot of school. As in everything else in life, there are risk benefits, but I think there are very valid reasons for using oral contraception with young, teenage girls.

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Lisa Stern, MD

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Dr. Lisa is a pediatrician at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica. Following her training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCLA Medical Center she began to practice a style of medicine that encourages a common sense approach to health and wellness. She empowers parents to use the resources available to them and teaches them to trust their own judgment. She feels strongly that people come to parenthood with their own history and it is valuable to have a objective third party to discuss the big and small issues that parents face on a daily basis. Lisa's patients range from healthy children to those with complex medical histories.

 

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