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Tara’s 14-year-old daughter, Kimmie, complains that she has heavy periods that are interfering with activities such as track and cheerleading. Tara knows oral contraceptives can help decrease the flow, but she’s uncomfortable with starting her daughter on birth control. OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains how to decide whether a teenage girl should start taking birth control pills.

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