Discussions about sex, couples, and contraception between children and parents can be uncomfortable. Yet they are essential to protect the health of adolescents and to allow them to feel supported without judgment.
In the age of the internet, our teens are exposed to a wealth of information online. As a parent, it is important to help them sort out and think about their health, especially sexual. But how and when can you start a discussion about contraception with your child? First observation: before she · he starts dating. The purpose of a contraceptive is to be effective and available before you need it.
If you can’t bring up the subject of sex and all the risks it entails, you need to find someone who can, as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can start by asking a few fairly simple questions, like: “Have you ever talked about contraception at school?” You can ask him what he learned, what he thinks about it, and if he has any questions. Suggest to him consult a doctor or gynecologist as soon as she feels like it, and accompany the teenager to show your support.
Try not to overreact if your teenager asks you about contraception. because she may feel ashamed and embarrassed, and look elsewhere for information. Answer their questions calmly, and if you don’t know the answers, direct them to someone who does.
An important part of this discussion concerns the risk of sexually transmitted infections (IST). You can start talking about the differences between contraceptives that are used to prevent pregnancy and those, such as condoms, that protect against STIs. If your daughter chooses the pill, she should be reminded that she is still at risk of infection. Make sure you keeping the discussion open about sex, relationships, and contraception, and do not hesitate to seek advice from those around you.