Published Date: 01/25/2024
Expiration Date: 12/04/2026
Contraceptive options for adolescents and young adults (AYA) is a topic where there is often knowledge and comfort gaps by clinicians and health care staff. There are numerous contraceptive options to choose from, which often is overwhelming. Additionally, there are many myths and outdated information that will sometimes guide practice and inadvertently create barriers for AYA patients having access to highly effective contraception. Specific professional practice gaps exist regarding what types of contraceptive options are indicated for AYA, what guidelines are available to guide method selection, and overall all approach to contraceptive counseling in an inclusive, patient-centered way.
Amy Realbuto, PNP, RN, CPNP-PC is a nurse practitioner in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. She also serves as the outpatient clinical director and assistant professor of clinical nursing. Her specialty focuses on eating disorders, gender health, and reproductive health in adolescents and young adults. Amy has also worked with children and teens in residential foster care and foster homes. Her 17 years of experience has taught her the importance of reproductive health and autonomy in adolescent and young adults.