The number of teenagers taking birth control has steadily risen since 2002. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters 18% teenage women ages 13 to 18 filled prescriptions for oral contraceptives in 2009.
“The number of commercially insured teens filling birth control prescriptions from 2002 to 2009 increased 63 percent.” (foxnews.com)
By far the most popular choice is Yaz, made by Bayer.
The increasing number of teens on Yaz may cause some concern as there are a growing number of lawsuits across the country from women and families of women who been harmed by the prescription. The lawsuits claim that dangerous side effects–such as blood clots in the legs or lungs, hypertension, and stroke– are more common with Yaz than other oral contraception pills.