This fact sheet offers practical actions for parents to help strengthen their efforts to engage positively with their teens and to have meaningful discussions with them about sex. This information complements other available parent resources by emphasizing the importance of talking with teens about sex and healthy relationships. Parenting a teen is not always easy. Talking with teens about sex-related topics, including healthy relationships and the prevention of HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases STDs , and pregnancy, is a positive parenting practice that has been widely researched. Following are some actions and approaches parents might take to improve communication with their teen about these challenging, hard-to discuss health concerns.
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Helping your teenager have positive sexual relationships
Depending on your teenagers age and the people they hang out with, you will probably find that they have been thinking about or exploring sex and sexual relationships. During the later teenage stages, sex becomes a big deal and each teenager will approach it differently. Young people are talking about, thinking about and having sex. Young people from families in which sex and sexual relationships are openly discussed are more likely to delay the age they first have sex, have fewer sexual partners, and behave respectfully and safely when they do have sex.
Teen virginity remained the rule rather than the exception in , federal survey data indicated, but use of the most effective methods of contraception among those having sex grew. The analysis used data from the National Survey of Family Growth NSFG , which since has provided national data on factors affecting birth and pregnancy rates, adoption, and maternal and infant health. In an interview with MedPage Today , Martinez said this was the first time that the survey data showed that the probability of having had sex was similar among girls and boys in each age group.
Sex education is offered in many schools, but don't count on classroom instruction alone. Sex education needs to happen at home, too. Here's help talking to your teen about sex.