Sexual and reproductive health

Expanding access to contraceptive services for adolescents

Policy brief

WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/12.21


Adolescents, both unmarried and married, face many sexual and reproductive health risks stemming from early, unprotected, and unwanted sexual activity. Key factors underlying this issue are lack of access to sexuality education, and to accessible, affordable, and appropriate contraception. There is an urgent need to implement programmes to meet the contraception needs of adolescents, while dismantling the current barriers to adolescents from accessing services.