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Should medicine assist a teenager to achieve a pregnancy?
  1. Marwan Habiba
  1. Reproductive Sciences Section, University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Marwan Habiba, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, University Hospitals of Leicester, Clinical Sciences Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK; mah6{at}


This article discusses a scenario of a teenager seeking medical assistance for infertility. Despite its apparent simplicity, the case poses a significant challenge to healthcare professionals. It requires consideration of maternal and child welfare and examination of the legitimate limits of doctors' role vis-à-vis the policy objective of reducing teenage pregnancy rate. The negative stereotypic representation of teenage pregnancy is an important confounding factor.

  • Ethics
  • teenage pregnancy
  • healthcare for specific diseases/groups
  • newborns and minors
  • women

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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