Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Amongst Adolescents: An Integrative Review

Stephanie Wilkes, Kara Schick-Makaroff, Tammy O'Rourke, Kaysi Eastlick Kushner

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Four of 5 pregnancies among adolescents aged 14 to 19 are unintended. Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) have been found to be the most effective form of birth control. Despite the strong endorsement for LARCs, their use among adolescents remains low. An integrative review was conducted to inform Canadian nurse practitioners about how to effectively implement the use of LARCs in their practice as a strategy to reduce unintended pregnancy amongst adolescents. Nurse practitioners can contribute to the use of LARCs by being proactive, providing accurate, evidence-based information, and reducing or eliminating barriers to contraceptive access.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-607
Number of pages11
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sep. 2020


  • adolescents
  • contraception
  • family planning
  • long-acting reversible contraceptives
  • primary health care
  • unintended pregnancy


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