Monday, October 20, 2008

Discussing Birth Control With Your Tennager

As your kid reaches the adolescent or teen stage, he or she becomes a lot more curious towards the changes in his or her body. This is also the period wherein he or she begins to show interest towards the opposite sex. Such changes are quite normal in a teenager. However, as a parent, it is very important that you give a 100 percent guidance to your teen, especially if he or she starts to ask questions or begins to be curious about sex and the use of birth control. Again, do not panic if your teen asks you questions about these matters. Some parents tend to get mad or uncomfortable when the discussions of sex and birth control arises. Don't be. Discussing the use of birth control doesn't really have to be a nightmare experience for you.

Below is a guide that can help you in discussing birth control options to your teenager:

  • Relax. Don't be mad.

It is very important for you to be calm and not panic if your teen suddenly asks you questions about sex or birth control. Just relax and be grateful that your teen chooses to turn to you for answers to his or her queries.

  • Explain clearly.

Clearly explain to your teen what birth control is and why this is needed. Do not forget to mention, though, that while most birth control methods are proven effective, the only 100 percent effective is abstinence.

  • Be very honest. Do not lie.

When explaining these matters to your teen, honesty on your part as a parent is very important. Nothing good will come out if you lie and leave out information behind. Also, it is best if you explain to your teen why you are nervous or uncomfortable in discussing sex and birth control pill, that is if you really are having a hard time talking about it with your teen.

  • Explain the consequences well.

Since the topic of birth control is a sensitive matter, explaining the consequences linked to the use and not using of birth control methods is very important. Discuss with your teen the chances of pregnancy if one is to have unprotected sex as well as the benefits and risks of using any form of birth control method.

  • Do not be afraid to ask questions.

As a parent, it is natural for you to be curious when your teen starts to ask questions about sex and birth control. Hence, do not be hesitant to ask your teen why he or she is sexually active or is considering to have sex some time in the future.

  • Explain the different kinds of birth control options and their benefits.

As you are probably aware by now, there are different kinds of birth control methods available today that can be used by people who are sexually active. Discuss these birth control categories and variations as well as their efficiency rates to your teen. Of course, do not forget to mention about the side effects of each birth control option for your teen to further understand.

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