Talking about sex can be awkward for parents and teenagers. That is even when you have a close-knit relationship. But just because it's awkward doesn't mean you can forgo discussing this matter with your teen. Educating your daughter about sex not only keeps her healthy but it can also save her life. Here are some facts that your child needs to know regarding this topic.
Fact: Using a condom isn't as easy or effective as you think
Discuss with your teenage daughter that while condom manufacturers claim that condoms are more than 90 percent effective, they are only effective if they are used properly. If your daughter is going to have sex with someone, she must always use this protection properly, to prevent not only pregnancy, but more importantly, also sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Remind her that a person's looks or personality can never be a gauge if someone has STD or not. Don't forget to tell her also that it's not a good practice to put on a condom at the last minute since pre-ejaculation is loaded with sperm. Instill in her mind that misuse of condom can lead to slippage and breakage that can result in STD or pregnancy.
Fact: Emergency contraception is a viable option
Discourage your daughter from ever engaging in unprotected sex. But do remind her that there is emergency contraception available in case of unprotected sex or if there is an accident like condom breakage or slippage. Morning-after birth control is available over-the-counter. Morning-after HIV infection prevention can also be obtained from the local health center or emergency room in the hospital.
Fact: Teens are more prone to STDs than adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 percent of the STD cases involve young people ages 15 to 24 years old. This is a statistic that your daughter should know about so that she'll realize the importance of protected sex. It's very important for young people to be tested at least once a year for various STDs such as HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Fact: Some STDs do not have symptoms
Some women can have STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis, HIV and syphilis without experiencing obvious symptoms. Chlamydia, for example, is a bacterial infection that can damage a woman's reproductive system. Because of this, the annual testing is very important. But testing should be done more often for teenagers who have multiple partners.
Fact: The Pill is more than just a birth control method
Many women think that the pill is just for contraception. But the truth is, it has other benefits too like helping reduce menstrual bleeding for women with anemia, reducing painful menstrual periods, decreasing risk of uterine infection and ovarian cancer, treating PMS mood swings, and helping clear up acne. Remind her though that pills also have some minor side effects such as headaches, nausea, and breast tenderness. Very rarely does it happen that a women experiences blood clot, stroke, and heart attack after taking pills.