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Spike in teen STDs with morning after pills

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Offering emergency contraception free and over the counter in the U.K. has not reduced the number of teen pregnancies and may be associated with a rise in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Those findings come from a study by researchers at the University of Nottingham who examined the impact of government-backed efforts in the U.K. to offer teens emergency birth control (EBC) at pharmacies without a prescription.

On average, areas operating a pharmacy EBC program saw an overall increase of five percent in the rate of sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers—12 percent in teens under the age of 16.

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