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GP defends implant use in under-16s

A GP has defended colleagues' decisions to offer long-term contraceptive options to teenagers, after Government statistics revealed 400 under-16s have had implants.

Dr Martyn Walling, who is a GP in Boston, Lincolnshire, and a member of the Primary Care Gynaecology group, said: 'Every week 500 to 700 teenage girls have a termination in this country.'

He added: 'We are trying to tell them about saying No[to underage sex]. But the word No alone is never going to work in this country.'

Dr Walling said the continuation rate for the combined-oral contraceptive was relatively poor and a long-term option such as Implanon or Depo-Provera could be appropriate to prevent a pregnancy leading to a termination.

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