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Did Your Parents Talk to You About Birth Control?

A new government report shows that most US teens are not learning about birth control from their parents and, according to the data, there may be good reason to change that fact. The report shows that rates for AIDS and syphilis infection have risen among boys aged 15 to 19.

Perhaps parents that don't talk to their kids about contraception feel worried about condoning sexual activity or simply want to avoid an awkward conversation. Of course, a few uncomfortable minutes are worth reducing health risks. Did your parents discuss the topic with you when you were a teen?

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emmebeth emmebeth 8 years
I used to read my neighbor's "Seventeen Magazines" (I was a bit sheltered), so when I got the sex talk, I felt like I knew more about STDs and contraception than they did. I still wish they had taken the time to talk to me about the emotional consequences/aspects of sex, instead of just telling me to wait until I'm married.
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
Nope. Unless you count "we just figured school would do it for us" counts. I learned everything from the internet and stuff my school put on in COLLEGE. Then again, I wasn't sexually active in high school, nor did I have a boyfriend really until college. Now my parents know I'm on birth control, but they don't know I'm sexually active. I think we've developed a "no ask no tell" policy over the years...
itsthatgaljay itsthatgaljay 8 years
also, i have the type of mind that if i look for a specific piece information, i'll get sidetracked and so i learn a lot about the topic. heh, that helps
itsthatgaljay itsthatgaljay 8 years
i said yes, although i don't remember it specifically, they never 'wimped out' on the facts of where babies come from. i dunno, i guess they set me up to be very open and if i wanted to know something i'd ask / go find out.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
My parent's avoided it and stopped asking why I needed to go to the doctor after I mentioned "pap smear." I learned it all in school, they were pretty thorough, covering everything. Pregnancies, STI's, sexuality and biology was covered in a nonjudgmental manner and we were told it's alright to have a say over what we want to do with our bodies and we were taught how to be safe. Granted not everyone listened -.-; I know too many kids who either didn;t listen or didn't have it and now have babies at 19. I mean it's fine if that's your thing but if it's unplanned you do question it a little.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
My Mom was very open when it came to talking about sex. But I don't ever remember her mentioning anything about birth control.
cg130 cg130 8 years
My mom was always pretty open and frank with me, and supportive of my decision to make up my own mind about my body, my experiences, and my sexuality. I never really talked about it with my dad. I went on the birth control pill after speaking with my doctor, and then I told my mom, and she was fine with it.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
My parents never discussed birth control with me. I was given some books and was expected to figure it out? I went and talked to my doctor about my options. Then I got my first serious boyfriend and I remember my mum giving me a pack of 16 condoms. I nearly sank into the ground. Then I went on the depo shot and she'd put my injection dates on the family calendar! Oh god!
ms-jamerz ms-jamerz 8 years
My sisters and I were raised by our grandparents. Our grama gave us the period talk and the safe-sex talk around age 10-11. They ofcourse wanted us to wait until marriage but were also realistic in knowing that might not be the way things happen. I find it very sad that some parents don't even bring the subject up when it is a very serious and important one. Religion is a very lame excuse for not talking to your children about safe-sex. There are other "sins" in the Bible yet no one seems to focus on those ones too much..?
Marci Marci 8 years
Irish + Catholic = no
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 8 years
Nope, I got a period talk, and they left the rest up to the wonderful public school. I was so uninformed. The rule at my house was just don't do it, so it was never even discussed.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I never had an official talk concerning birth control. Before I went to college my dad wanted me on birth control. I was like, 'aw, dad!' I wasn't sexually active yet, but I'm glad he brought it up because I would be. I was still shy about it though and used the fact that my period was very irregular as a cover.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
I don't think that mindset is sad at all and I'm glad my parent's instilled that in me.
sham28 sham28 8 years
I told them I was thinking about having sex with my boyfriend and that I wanted to go on the pill. They told me that when I knew I was going to to let them know. I had already been having sex with him for a couple of months and because they ignored my warning I had to use my girlfriend's pills (she had a ton from before she switched prescriptions). I'm pissed off to this day that they didn't take my blatant hint.
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 8 years
I grew up in a sheltered Christian home. Sex before marriage was strictly forbidden, so although I was taught about menstruation and things like that, the safe sex talk was non-existent. When I had to go to the gynocologist for the first time, the doctor wanted to put me on birth control pills to regulate my periods, my mom just about had a heart attack. It is sad that so many cultures are so closed minded still. I'm glad I grew out of that.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 8 years
My parents didn't have to discuss it with me because there was a no boyfriends before eighteen rule and a no sex before marriage rule. My parents were very strict. And they always had an eye on me so I didn't need it.
bellavita214 bellavita214 8 years
42% said it was not discussed at home. This is why sex ed (full sex ed, not any of this abstinence bs) is so very important in schools.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
My father never said a word about sex to me. My mom just told me not to do anything stupid. I learned about birth control in high school in health class. Our teacher taught us a lot of really useful information. When I was in my early 20's and wanted to start taking the pill I researched it on the internet and made an appointment with my gynocologist. I remember my mother being horrified that I was taking the pill. She thinks that they will cause problems later in life with all those hormones and chemicals. I had to educate her on the pill.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
The most I can recall my parents talking to me about sex was after my 16 year old cousin got pregnant (I was probably 12 or so, maybe younger, I don't remember the age difference between us), and my father told me that he and my mother waited until they were married (who knows if that's true), I don't think he even told me about contraception. The schools here have great sex ed programs though, so I never had any questions about it.
Lily-Inferno Lily-Inferno 8 years
My mom gave me the talk when I was a bit younger..and when I got into middle school she explained diff methods of birth control, made sure I understood and what not. So yea, I got the talk and pamphlets and all that jazz.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Vaguely. It was more "don't be stupid" than "be safe"
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Well I remember my dad telling me about condoms and that pregnancy happened a lot in high school. And then one of my best friends got pregnant and it really made everybody wake up and see it as an actual result of being irresponsible. She kept the baby, BTW. :)
skigurl skigurl 8 years
they made me sit down for "the talk" and in order to make it end, i told them i didn't believe in sex before marriage so i think after that, they didn't really feel the need or didn't have the opporunity to tell me to be safe and that was that
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