Talking to your Parents about Sex
You probably think that talking to your parents about sex is impossible. You’re not alone. 83% of kids your age are afraid to ask their parents about sex. Yet 51% of teens actually do. Why? It’s a fact that teens who talk with their parents about sex are less likely to become pregnant because they’re more likely to use contraception or protection when they become sexually active.
Kids are not only talking to their parents about sex, but they’re also benefiting from conversations they were afraid to have in the first place! The truth is that most parents want to help their kids make smart decisions about sex. They know it’s vital for teens to have accurate information and sound advice to aid the decision-making process.
Not my parents!
Before you rule out talking to your parents, ask yourself these two questions:
If you’re still not convinced it’s a good idea to talk to an adult, consider this:
- Your parents (or any other adult) are sexual beings themselves, and at one time in their life, they had to make the same decisions you’re struggling with right now.
- Your friends really don’t know any more than you do, no matter what they say about their sexual experience.
- The Internet and other media can’t give you everything you need. Only people who know you can do that.
Now that you know why it’s important to ask a caring adult about sex, you need to know how to ask the questions.
How to Ask Your Parents about Sex
And remember: Your sexual journey is just beginning. You have time to consider your options and people to help you make healthy decisions. Take advantage of both. Be one of the “lucky” ones who listens, learns, and loves wisely.