Teens need accurate information and decision-making skills to help protect them from the pressure to have s ex, unintended pregnancy and contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
For Teens Steps to Pregnancy Prevention Starts With The Right Education which abstinence from sex. Right!
Some people will say, if teens can’t use birth control or condoms or control themselves, they deserve to get pregnant or contribute to a pregnancy. But it has been noticed that teens’ anxiety about pregnancy is not about not using condoms, not using birth control or perhaps even not practicing abstinence.
It is that most of these young people literally do not understand how pregnancy happens, which means they cannot understand how to prevent it from happening. If talking with your teen about s ex is difficult for you, admit it, and that is not their fault. We need to do a better job of educating young people on some of the basics related to pregnancy and reproduction.
A lot of times people hear pregnancy prevention, and they think of the methods by which to prevent pregnancy from happening: using a condom, practicing abstinence or using hormonal birth control. But I would argue that pregnancy prevention starts with something much more basic, which is teaching young people how a pregnancy happens.
When we talk about pregnancy and reproduction with our children or our students, what we should be thinking is, are we doing it early and often? Are we doing it in a way that is age-appropriate and makes sense to them? And are we presenting ourselves as trusted resources so that they feel comfortable asking questions about reproduction and how it happens?
Pregnancy prevention and education too often get caught up in a debate about whether or not teens should be having s ex. To really get some truthful fact from a teen, let them have a right to understand their bodies and how they work. Your own job is to arm them with the knowledge necessary for them to make healthy and informed decisions.
Don’t make the conversation tense because if you do, you have lost the attention of that teen. You can use the media as well as real-life situations like a friend’s pregnancy to begin your talk.
Talk with a teen about reasons to wait to have s ex and remind your teen that they can choose to wait (abstain) even if they have had it before.
Reassure your teen that not everyone is having sex and that it is okay to be a virgin. The decision to become sexually active is too important to be based on what other people think or do. Talk with your teen about ways to handle pressure from others. Let your teen know that you are always open and willing to talk about any questions or concerns they may have about sex.
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