Even if you believe in abstinence and teach those values to your child, talking about contraception is important, said Dr. Erin Latif, an OB/GYN at Augusta University Health who often sees and counsels teen patients and their moms.
After all, your teen may choose a path other than abstinence. It’s also far better for your child to hear the information from you, instead of possible misinformation from friends, social media or other internet sources.
Guardians of children ought to likewise have this discussion, so their adolescents see how condoms work and the significance of ensuring a potential accomplice thinks about contraception.
Open conversations about sex, contraception and explicitly transmitted infections additionally have an impact most guardians don’t understand: “It’s really been demonstrated that adolescents who can have open conversations with their folks serenely are more averse to take part in sexual action and less inclined to participate in high-hazard sexual conduct,” said Latif.
Begin talking—and talk consistently
Doubtlessly, you’ll have an underlying sex talk with your kid when the individual in question hits adolescence. That is the point at which you should impart exceptionally solid data to your youngster, said Latif: “You’re discussing the adjustments in your kid’s body, about what sex is and how it occurs, the life structures and furthermore how does pregnancy happen.”
On the off chance that your kid asks, you can positively address contraception—for instance, if your youngster asks, “What do individuals do in the event that they would prefer not to get pregnant?” But that is bound to be a theme you’ll examine when your kid is somewhat more developed and as you have more discussions about body changes and developing enthusiasm for the other gender.
“Everyone’s extraordinary,” said Latif. “A few children build up much prior and begin participating in high-chance sexual conduct prior. At the point when you talk about anti-conception medication it should be individualized, yet you likewise can’t simply accept that it’s not occurring. Indeed, even some 13-and 14-year-olds are as of now engaging in sexual relations, while other people who are that equivalent age despite everything feel that kissing is gross.”
So in any event, present the conception prevention discussion at a moment that you think your youngster is prepared and keep on readdress it as your kid develops and develops.
Be that as it may, how would you know when your youngster truly is prepared? “Be an intrusive parent,” said Latif. “Comprehend what your kid’s advantages are, who their companions are. Also, give them an inviting situation, an agreeable domain to discuss things that might be clumsy.”
In case you’re as yet not happy, in any event for mothers of little girls, your OB/GYN is an extraordinary asset. “A great deal of my patients get their little girls as patients,” said Latif, who exhorts that each adolescent young lady should begin seeing an OB/GYN between the ages of 13 and 15.
An OB/GYN can assist guardians with imparting realities about conception prevention, STDs and different subjects—and there’s no requirement for a pelvic test. An OB/GYN will likewise have a one-on-one discussion with a youngster quiet so she can talk about anything she’d prefer to keep private, with the proviso that any subject that includes wellbeing, for example, self-damage or misuse—should be shared.
Another great choice for guardians of the two young men and young ladies is to go to a dependable site or book, which you two can audit. One is Bedsider.org, which audits capable dynamic and contraception (simply realize that a portion of the substance on the site is progressively suitable for more seasoned teenagers).
Guardians, do you realize your anti-conception medication choices?
Before you can converse with your youngster about conception prevention, it’s a smart thought to have at any rate a thought of the alternatives now accessible.
For young men, it’s simple in light of the fact that there’s only one decision, condoms. For young ladies, it gets somewhat more confused.
Most young ladies start with contraception pills, since they offer advantages of forestalling pregnancy as well as can help direct periods. The test, notwithstanding, is for youngsters to make sure to take the pills consistently. A few proposals incorporate putting away them beside her toothbrush or utilizing update cautions on a telephone. An anti-conception medication fix additionally directs periods however just must be changed out each week, a simpler choice if a youngster has issues making sure to take a pill consistently.
For much longer inclusion, the Depo-Provera shot is allowed at regular intervals and is normally utilized in youngsters since again it kills the need to make sure to take a day by day pill. It likewise totally stops periods in many young ladies, in spite of the fact that marking exhorts not utilizing the went for longer than two years on account of a danger of losing bone thickness—in spite of the fact that that misfortune is reversible. Another reaction, nonetheless, is weight gain, since the shot may expand craving.
In the mean time the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Pediatricians really exhort long-acting, reversible contraceptives for adolescents, particularly for the individuals who are at higher hazard for pregnancy and might be problematic with pills. One of those alternatives is the Nexplanon embed, which is put in the arm and goes on for a long time. Another alternative for adolescents alright with a pelvic test is an IUD, which is embedded into the uterus and goes on for three to 10 years. The embed and hormonal IUDs can cause lighter and sporadic periods, while the copper IUD may make periods somewhat heavier.
You may likewise need to make reference to the Plan B next day contraceptive, which gives crisis contraception in the event that your kid has an unprotected sexual experience, overlooked her pills or a condom broke. Be that as it may, the pill is just 80 percent viable each time it is utilized, and ought not be utilized as the essential anti-conception medication alternative.
At long last, no anti-conception medication discussion is finished without one more cumbersome subject: STDs. None of the conception prevention choices for young ladies referenced here will forestall STDs, yet condoms, whenever utilized effectively, will. Which is the reason guardians of children need to have the conception prevention discussion, and young ladies ought to likewise know that male accomplices need to give insurance.
“The primary concern, nonetheless, is open, continuous correspondence so young people feel great posing inquiries,” said Latif. “Furnishing your young youngster with the apparatuses they have to settle on capable and develop sexual choices can forestall high-hazard sexual conduct, STDs and pregnancy.”