PCCY is offering a free contraceptive education workshop, “Girls with Options,” for Philadelphia girls ages 13 and older. Research shows a gap in girls’ knowledge about the full range of birth control options so girls can make the best reproductive health decisions for themselves when they are ready. Too often information about IUDs and implants, or long acting reversible contraception (LARCs), is excluded. This is particularly true for girls and women of color who disproportionately experience differential treatment, care and counseling when it comes to family planning.
Effectiveness of a contraceptive method is one issue to consider when choosing birth control, and LARCs are among the most effective forms of contraception recommended by the America Academy of Pediatrics, however, less than 10% of girls are familiar with or using LARCs.
Girls with Options is an engaging workshop conducted by trained educators in English and Spanish and is designed to:
- Provide an overview about the female reproductive system
- Ensure Black and Latina high school teens are informed about their full contraceptive options including the history of, side effects and benefits of LARC, so that they can make more informed decisions about their reproductive health
- Provide information about LARC as it relates to future planning & goal setting
- Inform girls about where they can access free LARCs and other birth control methods in Philadelphia (download this informational flyer now in ENGLISH)
Teen girls who have participated in the workshop say it is valuable information and should be shared with other teen girls. If your organization is interested in learning more about Girls with Options, contact us to set up a time to further discuss the project and the opportunity for bringing the discussion to your group and download a flyer to share in ENGLISH and SPANISH.
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