Yourwellness Magazine Explores Solutions for Unplanned Teen Pregnancy

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With a doctor being recognised for her work in teen pregnancy care, Yourwellness Magazine explored solutions to unplanned teen pregnancy.

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A programme that combines prenatal care and support services at a centre for pregnant teens in Ottawa has received a prestigious provincial award, the Ottawa Citizen reported November 22nd. The article “Ottawa doctor recognized by province for work in teen pregnancy care,” noted that Dr. Nathalie Fleming, an obstetrician-gynaecologist at The Ottawa Hospital and chief obstetrician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, received the inaugural Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety from Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews at a ceremony in Toronto this week. Fleming asserted, ‘I firmly believe all adolescents who are pregnant should have the opportunity to participate in such a program because the outcomes are so good.’ (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored solutions to unplanned teen pregnancy. Yourwellness Magazine commented, ‘How do you solve a problem like teenage girls getting pregnant? It’s been an issue for an incredibly long time and it’s drastically altered the lives of young women who, had they been better prepared or had more of a choice in the matter, may have taken very different paths. The American Academy of Paediatrics have announced that young women should be pre-prescribed with emergency contraceptives, as this would make them far more likely to use them and reduce the risk of pregnancy. If used within 120 hours of un- or under-protected sex, emergency contraceptives can remove the chance of unwanted pregnancies.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that the only physical issues with this idea are the overbearing potency of emergency contraceptives, meaning that they shouldn’t be used too often, and their lack of effectiveness on the transmission of STD’s. Providing GPs were to talk to their patients and effectively explain the pros and cons of the contraceptives, this wouldn’t be an issue and it could well help many young women. Yourwellness Magazine pointed out that the biggest argument for this measure is that as many as ten percent of teenage girls are said to be victims of sexual assault. Yourwellness Magazine added that in the USA, emergency contraception is incredibly controversial due to their religious beliefs, but even they struggle to think it right to force a young girl to keep a baby which was forced upon her in the first place.

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