Case Study: A 16-year-old arrived at a local family planning clinic
Review the case study and answer the following questions.
Case Study: A 16-year-old arrived at a local family planning clinic with pregnancy concerns due to unprotected intercourse. This encounter occurred two nights prior, and she believes she may be fertile but wants information regarding the “morning-after pill”.
What additional information should the nurse obtain during the assessment?
What educational information should the nurse provide to the patient regarding emergency contraception treatment and the side effects?
130 words plus is fine.
During the assessment, the nurse should obtain additional information about the patient’s menstrual history, including the date of her last menstrual period and whether her periods are typically regular or irregular. It would also be important to determine whether the patient has any allergies or sensitivities to medications, as well as any other medical conditions or medications she is currently taking.
The nurse should also ask the patient about the timing and circumstances of the unprotected intercourse, including whether a condom was used and whether the patient has any concerns about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
In terms of educational information, the nurse should explain to the patient that emergency contraception (also known as the “morning-after pill”) is a safe and effective option for preventing pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure. The nurse should also provide information about the different types of emergency contraception available, including the potential side effects and how to obtain and use the medication. It is important to emphasize that emergency contraception should not be used as a regular form of birth control, and that the patient should discuss with the healthcare provider about more reliable and long-term contraceptive options. The nurse should also provide resources for the patient to obtain more information and support, if desired