LARC Supplement from the Journal of Adolescent Health

Read ten expert reviews about LARC use and young people.

by Paula J. Adams Hillard, MD

published 08/23/13

Adolescents and young adults deserve guidance from clinicians about contraception, and clinicians deserve the latest information about how to best serve this population. provides a fun, creative, easy way for older adolescents and young adults to explore and compare contraceptive options. I tell my adolescent and young adult patients that one very important category of options, long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), provides THE most effective birth control in a manner that is “forgettable” and easy.

I had the pleasure of editing a supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health that provides reviews from experts on LARC contraception (LARC supplement). The following reviews are available free online:

  1. What is LARC? And Why Does it Matter for Adolescents and Young Adults
    Editorial — PJA Hillard

  2. Counseling Adolescents About Contraception: Towards the Development of an Evidence-Based Protocol for Contraceptive Counselors
    Counseling — J Jaccard & N Levitz

  3. Myths and Misconceptions About Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
    Myths — JA Russo, E Miller, MA Gold

  4. Intrauterine Devices and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Among Adolescents
    IUDs and PID — S Carr & E Espey

  5. Dual Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives and Condoms Among Adolescents
    Dual Use — RL Williams & JD Fortenberry

  6. Awareness of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Among Teens and Young Adults
    LARC Awareness — SB Teal & SE Romer

  7. Practical Tips for Intrauterine Devices Use in Adolescents
    Practical Tips — PJA Hillard

  8. The Effect of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception on Rapid Repeat Pregnancy in Adolescents: A Review
    Rapid Repeat — Pregnancies MK Baldwin & AB Edelman

  9. Use of Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System for Medical Indications in Adolescents
    Medical Indications for LNG-IUS — LL Bayer & PJA Hillard

  10. Cost as a Barrier to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) Use in Adolescents
    Cost as a Barrier — D Eisenberg, C McNicholas, & JF Peipert

Dr. Paula Hillard is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has received numerous awards throughout the years, including being selected as an "Educator for CARE" faculty mentor/master teacher at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her clinical focus includes adolescent and pediatric gynecology, contraception, menopause, gynecology, and family planning. Her practice includes a focus on pediatric and adolescent gynecology, concentrating on the many gynecologic problems that girls and teens experience—menstrual pain, bleeding problems, contraception.
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