Let’s Talk

Not sure how to start the talk with your teenager? You’ve come to the right page. Here you’ll find a number of resources to help you create a positive dialogue with your teen around healthy relationships, sex, contraception and everything else in between.

The Facts

  • Teens consistently say that parents most influence their decisions about relationships and sex.
  • Teens who are able to talk with a parents or other caring adult about sex are less likely to engage in early and/or unprotected sex.
  • Oklahoma ranks 2nd in the nation for highest teen birth rates.
  • Just 38% of teen girls who have a child before age 18 get a High School diploma.
  • Most teenagers are not physically, emotionally, or financially ready to carry and care for a child and put themselves at risk for certain health outcomes of both mom and baby.
  • The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) released a Policy Statement stating that LARC methods (Long Acting Reversible Contraception aka IUDs and the Implant) should be considered first-line contraceptive choices for adolescents.

For when they ask you about sex

Thanks to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the following eight tips are meant to “guide you through a thoughtful, rational, and (hopefully) slightly less awkward conversation with the teens in your life about that most awkward topic: sex.” For the digital copy and more detailed version, click here: 8 Tips For Talking to Your Teen

  1. Talk with your child about sexy early and often (in age-appropriate ways)…
  2. Cultivate a culture of openness…Be an askable parent…
  3. Don’t assume that your child’s emotions aren’t valid because of their age…
  4. Listen as much as – or more than – you talk.
  5. Talk honestly with your child…
  6. Don’t assume they are sexually active.
  7. Telling your child not have sex is not enough. Explain why…
  8. Don’t give up!

For when they ask you about birth control

Birth control can be a tricky subject so here are some really good resourcesdkjfdsljf:

Stay Teen’s Birth Control Explorer .

Tips for Talking to Your Teen about Birth Control

What’s the Best Birth Control for Teen?

Bedsider

Hormonal IUDs

Non-hormonal IUD

The Implant

Additional Resources