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Talking With Your Teen About Birth Control

Many parents feel that talking with their teens about birth control will either give the teens ideas, or communicate parental permission to have sex. However, teens do have ideas about sex, and some actually have sex without either birth control information or our knowledge or permission. And, you, as a parent, can give birth control information without giving your teen the message that now is the right time to make practical use of this knowledge.

Why even discuss birth control with your teen?

It’s vital, because your teen may choose to have sex despite your values and your wishes. If he or she makes that choice, the teen should know how to prevent an unplanned pregnancy which could turn an unwise choice into a life of hardship, even tragedy.

Discuss the various methods of birth control using a book or pamphlet to help the discussion along, if needed. You can always add, “I want you to know this, but I feel that you’re too young to have sex right now.” Or, “I would prefer that you wait until you’re older, or married, to have sex.”

Facts and your values can help your teen to make wise choices.

An expert in the field of adolescent behavior, Ms. McCoy has authored eleven books on the subject including the best selling “The Teenage Body Book”. Additionally she has written hundreds of articles for major national magazines. Coordinator of the Clinical Ph.D. Program at California School of Professional Psychology and Staff Counselor at the Center for Individual and Family Counseling in North Hollywood, California.

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