Home Health Parents News Now AAP Recommends 'Morning-After' Pill for Teens AAP Recommends 'Morning-After' Pill for Teens By Holly Lebowitz Rossi November 26, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_109017965 30039 The United States has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy among developed countries. Nearly 80% of teen pregnancies are unplanned, a result of contraception failure or nonuse, according to the AAP. The use of emergency contraception has been around since the 1970s, when doctors often advised patients to double up on their regular birth control pills in a method called "Yuzpe." Since then several products have been approved for use by prescription and over-the-counter. Yet lead author Dr. Cora Beurner said there are still many people who don't know about emergency contraception or have unfounded fears about using it. Emergency contraception is designed to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It works by inhibiting ovulation and disrupting the production of key cells needed in a woman's body to conceive. It works best if taken up to 24 hours after intercourse, although it lowers pregnancy risk if taken within 120 hours (five days). It will not work if you are already pregnant. Emergency contraception is available with a prescription for all patients and available over-the-counter for women over the age of 17. The pills cost around $80. Image: Teenage girl with doctor, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment AAP Recommends 'Morning-After' Pill for Teens Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.