Discussing sex and contraceptives with your teenage daughter is important, but can be a difficult subject to approach. As much as it may make you, and your teen, uncomfortable, keeping the lines of communication open on this subject can have a major impact on their life. An estimated 750,000 teens are impacted by pregnancy every year in the U.S., even with all the information and education available on contraception. Here are some tips to help you talk to your daughter about contraceptives to make these conversations much impactful and beneficial.
- Arm yourself with information. Do not assume you are an expert on contraception. There are many options and changes in contraceptives that you may not know about or have used. Educate yourself on the different options available and the benefits and risks with each. Talking to a gynecologist is a good idea before you approach the subject with your teen.
- Explain your beliefs. It is important your teens know how you feel about sex and contraception. Explain why you feel the way you do about sexual relationships and your experiences, and help your teen understand how important this choice plays into personal values. Discussing respecting themselves and others is important, including how contraceptives are part of this respect.
- Ask questions and listen. Many teens are embarrassed to talk to their parents about sexual topics. However, you need to be patient and persistent. Ask questions and listen to their answers. Evasive answers are not acceptable; the standard “I already know” response needs to be clarified. What do they know? Keep probing and keep listening to better understand their level of comprehension on the subject.
If contraception is something they want or need to consider, make an appointment with a gynecologist. Even if they are uncomfortable discussing this with you in detail, give them an opportunity to talk to an expert to give them the information they need to prevent pregnancy and keep themselves safe from STDs.
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