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Teens and Oral Contraceptives

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Shelly Nalbone is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked with children fo
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on Thursday, August 25 2011 in Teen Info

In pediatrics, we are seeing more and more teen girls who are on oral contraceptive pills (OPCs). OCPs are more than a birth control pill. Adolescent girls and young women are frequently prescribed the oral contraceptive pill just for its medical benefits. It is a very safe and effective treatment for many types of medical problems, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) , irregular menstrual periods, menstrual cramps, acne, PMS, and endometriosis. Most young women who take the oral contraceptive pill have few or no problems, but there are some risks, such as an increased incidence of developing cardiovascular disease in girls who smoke and increased risk of developing blood clots in the legs.

If your daughter is taking OCPs and notices any of the following problems, call your health care provider right away.

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Abdominal or stomach pain (severe)

Chest pain (severe), cough, shortness of breath

Headache (severe), dizziness, weakness, or numbness

Eye problems (vision loss or blurring), speech problems

Severe leg pain (calf or thigh)

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Shelly Nalbone is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked with children for more than 17yrs. She graduated from Houston Baptist University in 1993 with her Bachelors Degree in Nursing and completed her Masters Degree at Texas Woman's University in 1999. Shelly completed a Post Masters Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She has spoken nationally on pediatric and adolescent health care topics and was a contributing author for a pediatric nursing textbook. Shelly is Associate Clinical Faculty for The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and LoneStar College Nursing programs. She lives in the Champions area with her husband and 2 children.