Contraception 101 - Supporting Teens by Dispelling Myths and Providing Evidence-Based Advice
Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Salcedo, MD, MPH, MPP, FACOG; Dr. Saul Rivas, MD, MSPH, FACOG, Dr. Elissa Serapio, UTRGV School of Medicine
This session will equip healthcare providers and adolescent advocates with the latest evidence-based knowledge on available contraceptives, provide problem-solving strategies for common contraceptive blunders, introduce professional and adolescent oriented contraceptive resources, equip participants to dispel common contraceptive misperceptions, and consider strategies for helping teens find their best-fit method. In this session, we will review available contraceptive methods by class (long-acting reversible contraception, short-acting reversible contraception, barrier methods, natural family planning, and emergency contraception) with a focus on specific instructions for their use, advantages, and downsides from a teen perspective. We will introduce use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (MEC) to determine how a teen’s medical conditions influence what contraceptive methods may be safely used. Participants will work collaboratively to become resources for addressing contraceptive blunders, introducing the CDC Selective Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (SPR) as a guide. Participants will also consider strategies to overcome systems-based barriers impacting effective adolescent contraceptive use. Additionally, we will introduce teen-friendly contraceptive resources and techniques for encouraging their use in diverse settings.
Describe evidence-based use of contraceptives currently available to adolescents.
Identify at least 2 healthcare provider resources and 2 adolescent resources to problem-solve contraceptive challenges.
Dispel at least 3 contraceptive misperceptions common among adolescents and parents.
Racists Histories and Contraceptives: Carrying the History of People of Color Into Classrooms and Exam Rooms
Susana Contreras, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Teen birth rates have been steadily decreasing since their peak in 1990 across all ethnicities. Although teens who identify as white account for the majority of pregnancies and births, African American and Latinx teens are more than twice as likely to experience pregnancy as white teens. This discrepancy is further exacerbated by the consequences of a history of racism within American gynecological practices & institutions. Research shows that African American and Latinx adults are less likely to use LARC Methods, despite their current efficacy and safety. The legacy of forced sterilizations, eugenics, questionable field trials and coerced use of birth control is an oral history that is passed on from generations since the early 20th century. This workshop will cover the racist history of birth control and provide participants with concrete ways to use to inform their work with youth of color in exam rooms, classrooms, and beyond. After this session, sexual and reproductive health advocates will be able to better serve young people of color by incorporating antiracist histories and context into their work.
List 4 pivotal moments of reproductive freedom cases
Identify 3 ways this history impacts patients today
Determine applicable antiracist practices to better serve teen patients of color