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Let's Talk Month

October is Let's Talk Month

Parents want the best for their children and teens. That means helping them with homework, encouraging their hobbies, and ...talking about sex and relationships.


During Let’s Talk Month each year, young people and parents are encouraged to communicate with one another about sexuality -- including relationships, bodies and body image, reproduction, gender and sexual orientation, sexual behavior, and preventing pregnancy and STDs.


Teens name parents as the biggest influence on their decisions about sex. And teens who talk to their parents about sex are more likely to wait longer to have sex, and use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do. However, last year’s Let’s Talk survey revealed that teens are much less comfortable talking to their parents about topics related to sex than parents are talking with their teens. It is important for both teens and parents to know that conversations about sexuality may be difficult, but they get easier the more you have them.

Planned Parenthood is here to help you start the conversation. Watch this video to learn more.


Visit Tools for Parents for tips on talking with teens about sex and sexual health, building strong parent-teen relationships, and setting rules that help keep teens safe and healthy.

Parents, Teens, and Sex

For Let's Talk Month, we asked teens and parents — including actorsCynthia NixonElizabeth Banks, and Alfre Woodard — about the conversations they've had with their families about sex. Here are their stories.


Additional Resources

Parents and Teens Talk About Sexuality: A National Poll

Let's Talk: Tips for Talking With Your Teen About Sexuality

Let's Talk: Tips for Talking With Your Parents About Sex and Relationships

Parents and Teens Talk About Sexuality: In Their Own Words

Just the Facts: Teen Sexual Behavior and Parent-Child Communication

Los adolescentes y sus padres conversan sobre la sexualidad: una encuesta nacional

Datos relámpagos: la conducta sexual de los adolescentes y la comunicación entre padres e hijos

Sugerencias para conversar con tus padres sobre el sexo y las relaciones de pareja

Sugerencias para conversar con sus hijos adolescentes sobre la sexualidad

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