Teenage sexuality

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:48 pm
The best time for adolescents to decide what to do about sex is before they're actually confronted with the possibility. Once the moment of truth arrives, it can be extremely difficult to maintain the proper perspective. Before deciding to become sexually active, teens should be educated about birth control and safe sex. The threat of AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and unwanted pregnancies are issues that need to be addressed. It's important for parents to keep communication about sex open and honest. Parents who are concerned that discussing sex with their teens might encourage them to engage in intercourse need to keep in mind that their children may choose to seek answers elsewhere if the information isn't available at home. Unfortunately, adolescents that turn to their peers for advice are often misinformed. Parents should keep in mind that discussing the dangers and implications of sex with their children is far from granting a blessing. In addition, parents shouldn't assume that a teen is already involved in a sexual relationship just because the teen is asking questions. In fact, the questions are more likely to indicate that the teen is taking a conscientious approach to the decision-making process. For more information, consult a health care professional in your area.

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