Supplying emergency contraception to adolescents: the nurse’s role
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Supplying emergency contraception to adolescents: the nurse’s role

Craig Hopkins School health practitioner, Hull City Health Care Partnership Community Interest Company, Hull, England

This article explores issues surrounding the supply of emergency contraception to adolescents to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy. It explains the female reproductive cycle, and describes the types of emergency contraception that may be supplied following unprotected sexual intercourse or contraception failure. The aftercare that should be offered to adolescents following the supply of emergency contraception is discussed, alongside issues surrounding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

Nursing Standard. 29, 13,37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.13.37.e9193

Received: 03 June 2014

Accepted: 15 September 2014

Published in print: 26 November 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review