I applaud Ruth Marcus’s op-ed column on long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) [“A plan for parenthood,” Sept. 24]. LARCs allow women to choose when they are ready to start a family. They are appropriate for women of all ages, including teenagers. They are the most effective method of pregnancy prevention and are safe, invisible and easily provided by obstetricians, gynecologists, family practitioners and pediatricians. Additionally, they can be easily removed when a woman is ready for childbearing.
Teens could benefit greatly from LARCs and should always be offered this option when discussing contraception; they should be provided same-day access to help curb unintended pregnancies. While teen pregnancy rates are declining, the District’s teen birth rate remains high.
All young women and their parents should learn about LARCs. As Ms. Marcus said, the best time for any woman to have a child is when she’s ready. LARCs give teens and young women control over when they start a family.
Kristine Schmitz, Kensington
The writer is a member of the D.C. chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.