The majority of sexual and reproductive health care services provided in the primary care setting for adolescents are focused on the female population. It is important for primary care providers to discuss key information with their female patients in an effort to encourage safe and responsible sexual behaviors and growth. Below are resources to help providers offer comprehensive and optimal care for their female patients.
Providing confidential care is an essential part of sexual and reproductive health care for young female patients. It's important that primary care providers know their state's confidentiality and consent laws when caring for adolescents, as well as policies around privacy within the electronic medical record and health care billing and insurance claims systems.
Confidential Health Care Services
Confidential Services and Private Time
AAP Clinical Guidance for Primary Care Providers
Bright Futures Guidelines for Preventive Services: Provides information and guidance on caring for female adolescents.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services in the Pediatric Setting: This clinical report outlines how a pediatric practice can make their office teen-friendly.
Sexuality Education: A key part of providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care is encouraging sexuality education within the primary care setting, in schools, and at home with a parent/guardian or another trusted adult.
Considerations for Providing Reproductive and Sexual Health Care
CDC Resources for Providers, Adolescents/Young Adults, and Families
Sexual risk behaviors, pregnancy prevention, STIs, and HIV: This important data will increase awareness about the prevalence of these outcomes.
Other Helpful Resources for Providers, Adolescents/Young Adults, and Families
Healthy Children: The AAP has published brochures for patients and families around sexuality, including:
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: This organization has recommendations and resources around sexual and reproductive health care for adolescent females.
Note: Some of these resources are available to ACOG members only.
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine: This adolescent-focused organization provides guidance on female reproductive and sexual health care.
Physicians for Reproductive Health Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Project –
PowerPoint presentations on a variety of specific reproductive and sexual health care services are available online.
Adolescent Health Working Group
North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology is committed to the reproductive health care needs of children and adolescents and has published many resources for clinicians who care for young women.
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