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Case of a Girl with a Positive Pregnancy Test

  • Bianca Stortini
  • Nathalie Fleming

Abstract

A diagnosis of pregnancy is fraught with overwhelming and conflicting emotions for teen girls. These young women have to consider various options such as continuing pregnancy and parenting, adoption, or termination. Healthcare providers have a significant role to play in providing nonjudgmental and inclusive counseling options for pregnant teens. Through a clinical vignette, these options will be reviewed as well as an overview of teen pregnancy statistics and complications in addition to prevention of rapid repeat pregnancy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Gynecology, Department of SurgeryChildren’s Hospital of Eastern OntarioOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Newborn CareThe Ottawa HospitalOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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