About Birth Control: What Parents Need to Knowenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-birthContPartent-enHD-AR1.jpgTalking to your kids about sex can be a challenge. But discussing issues like birth control can help lower teens' risk of unintended pregnancy or getting an STD.birth control, birth control pills, birth control rings, birth control patch, abstinence, sex, teen sex, condoms, condom, iud, stds, talking about sex, facts of life, birds and bees, the sex talk, sex education12/15/200611/29/201809/02/2019Larissa Hirsch, MD05/21/201877d9f9f6-cbb0-4e3f-a1e7-ac74fa35ea06https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-bc.html/<p>One of the toughest decisions that a lot of teens face is whether to have sex. If people decide to have sex, it means they must also take responsibility to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/">sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)</a>.</p> <p>The most effective way to prevent pregnancy and STDs is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abstinence.html/">abstinence</a> (not having sex or any intimate genital contact, including anal sex or oral sex). Those who do have sex must use <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/condoms.html/">condoms</a> every time to protect against STDs.</p> <p>As a parent, it's important that your kids feel that they can come to you with a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/questions-sex.html/">question about sexuality</a>, no matter what it is. It helps if you treat it as a natural part of development, not something dirty or embarrassing.</p> <p>At times, kids may not feel comfortable asking parents about sex. That's OK. But it's important that they have a trusted adult &mdash; like a teacher, school counselor, school nurse, or doctor &mdash; to talk with about birth control and other issues.</p> <h3>Birth Control Methods</h3> <p>Couples who do decide to have sex can choose from&nbsp;many effective methods of birth control. Check out the articles below to learn the facts about these different options:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abstinence.html/">Abstinence</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-implantable-bc.html/">Birth Control Implant</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bc-patch.html/">Birth Control Patch</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bcpills.html/">Birth Control Pill</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bc-ring.html/">Birth Control Ring</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bc-shot.html/">Birth Control Shot</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cervical-cap.html/">Cervical Cap</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/condoms.html/">Condoms</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diaphragm.html/">Diaphragm</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/emergency-contraception.html/">Emergency Contraception</a> (Morning-After Pill)</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/iud.html/">IUD</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rhythm-method.html/">Fertility Awareness</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/spermicide.html/">Spermicide</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/withdrawal.html/">Withdrawal</a></li> </ul>
About Birth ControlBefore you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception.html/90f91fa7-99ad-4e73-aab1-4ec8af08e95d
AbstinenceAbstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Abstinence also protects people against STDs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/abstinence.html/3e988671-f323-4e44-ad71-32d304b7506d
Birth Control Methods: How Well Do They Work?Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bc-chart.html/31584a43-ad61-44da-83a6-046a5a64825a
Do You Need a Pelvic Exam to Get Birth Control?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/pelvic-exam-bc.html/a2663a38-0898-4c4f-91d0-b2412c1bf458
Gyn CheckupsGirls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit -- and why most girls don't get internal exams.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/obgyn.html/55d0d193-7166-402f-b766-14a4d4cfe970
Irregular PeriodsWondering whether it's normal to have irregular periods? Get the facts about this common problem.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/irregular-periods.html/c3462379-b09e-41c0-8a67-9c0ebdc4b743
Questions and Answers About SexAnswering kids' questions about sex is a responsibility many parents dread. But by answering these questions honestly, parents can help foster healthy feelings about sex.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/questions-sex.html/485798a6-94af-4df6-94fb-b2395202a3f8
STDsParents should learn about the most common STDs, how they spread, and how they're diagnosed and treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/1bf6f5c6-ce88-44a0-8a3d-14a1b6756c1d
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std.html/587b3e0c-bd0d-4d3c-93fa-6e8b38768ac2
Sexual DevelopmentBig physical and emotional changes happen during puberty and the teen years. These articles can help you become a source of information, comfort, and support for your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/development-foyer.html/6d961459-9968-4bc2-bf56-c25790e065e4
Sexual OrientationDuring the teen years, sexual feelings are awakened in new ways because of the hormonal and physical changes of puberty. It takes time for many kids to understand who they are and who they're becoming. Part of that understanding includes a person's sexual feelings and attractions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sexual-orientation.html/d962d72f-5418-4954-a0a3-4c8b70d9d34d
Should Girls Who Aren't Sexually Active Be Vaccinated Against HPV?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hpv-shot.html/f4b9d092-4f30-4e22-85b6-998cd2238f65
Talking to Your Kids About STDsYour kids need to understand how STDs spread and how to protect themselves. Here's how to talk to them about sexually transmitted diseases.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stds-talk.html/2edf6a44-47b4-458d-96a1-ffb4f45f00f8
Talking to Your Partner About CondomsSome people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/talk-about-condoms.html/0bb7d994-2553-4c59-a7a7-fb63eb0926fc
Virginity: A Very Personal DecisionDeciding whether it's right for you to have sex is one of the most important decisions you'll ever have to make. Each person must use his or her own judgment and decide if it's the right time - and the right person.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/virginity.html/93f21366-9c67-4c18-80f3-e70d875935ca
When Should My Daughter First Go to the Gynecologist?Find out what the experts say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-gyn-exam.html/d630f015-ffbb-47ee-9306-8e626002db6f
Your Daughter's First Gynecology VisitThe idea of going to the gynecologist may make your daughter feel nervous. Here's how to make her feel more comfortable about a well-woman visit.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-gyn.html/a7f6d99d-d704-4a3b-ab02-da05b9ac2643
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