Adolescent medicine specialist Sophia Yen, MD, who treats patients at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, gave a presentation at the Bay Area TEDWomen event yesterday on two big challenges in young women’s reproductive health.
The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world, she explained. And dysmenorrhea – the medical term for nasty side effects of having menstrual periods, such as cramping, back pain and bloating – is the single greatest cause of lost days of work and school in women younger than 25.
Both problems could be helped with medications available now, Yen told the audience. Emergency contraception could prevent 2.3 million unwanted pregnancies and 1 million abortions in the U.S. each year, and women can prevent dysmenorrhea by using hormonal birth control to stop their periods.
The complete presentation, in the video above, is well worth watching.