If your teen becomes sexually active — whether you think he or she is ready or not — it may be more important than ever to start the conversation. State your feelings openly and honestly. It is a very hard and uncomfortable topic. Remind your teen of your values and culture and that you expect him or her to take sex and the associated responsibilities seriously.
If you feel uncomfortable to talk about the subject, you can seek the help of the doctor. A routine checkup can give your teen the opportunity to address sexual activity and other behaviors in a supportive, confidential atmosphere — as well as learn about contraception and safe sex.
Contraception use is sometimes considered taboo in conservative societies, but you should urge your teen to maintain an open dialogue with you and inform you of his/her contraceptive method decisions. It is far more essential to discuss contraceptive options with your adolescent than to disregard the conversation. It will help teens in understanding the consequences of irresponsible sex.
Teens are generally aware of contraceptive techniques and have access to the whole selection, due to increased access to information via social media and the internet. Teens used to be embarrassed to ask for a set of condoms or pills ten years ago, but things have changed, and teens can now choose any method they require and pay for it.
What is the best contraceptive method for your teens?
Go to the doctor with your teen to discuss the options. The pediatrician or family doctor can help get the conversation started and has more knowledge about contraceptive methods.
Some things the doctor will consider before choosing a contraceptive method are:
Educating your teen
Cultural and religious values
The overall health of your teen
How well the method prevents pregnancy
Access and cost
The Safest Bet: Abstinence
Teaching abstinence, educating teenagers about their bodies and about healthy relationships and addressing the cultural and religious norms are the best and safest ways.
The Best Bet: Condoms and Pills
If your teen is sexually active, condoms are commonly used and easily available. They are the best way to avoid STDs and pregnancy and may be obtained over the counter. Teens, on the other hand, should be educated how and when to use the condoms. Pills are also available over the counter, but girls must be well-informed about how to take them.
The Last Option: IUDs and Implants
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants are known as long-acting, reversible contraceptives. Doctors usually prescribe them first for teens who are sexually active, Why? Your teen doesn’t have to think about them in the heat of the moment or remember to take a pill every day. And they work extremely well at preventing pregnancies.
Your teen can grow into a socially and sexually responsible adult with your help, guidance, and understanding. Even if they don't seem interested in your advice or what you have to say about sex, be honest and speak to them from the heart. Be assured that they will listen even if they disagree.