How to Talk to Parents about Sex

It can be helpful to talk to your parent/guardian about sex; however, we understand that not everyone has a trusted adult in their life. A trusted adult can be your grandmother, aunt, uncle, etc.

PPRM would never share your health information—or even the fact that you are our patient—with anyone without your explicit consent. But PPRM encourages minors to include a parent or another trusted adult in decision-making regarding their sexual health and choices surrounding unintended pregnancies.

Of course the conversation can be hard, and not all parents handle it well—but many of them do, and when they do, they can provide real support and guidance. Research shows that when parents and kids can talk about this stuff, it makes their relationship even stronger, and helps the kids make healthy decisions. Here are some resources to help you think it over, and if you know you want to talk to your parents about sex, some tips on how to start the conversation.

Info for Teens—Talking with Your Parents About Sex: This page has info about how the conversation can go down, how to get it going, and how you can still reach out for support if you know that talking to your parents isn't an option.

Go Ask Alice!—Talking with Parents: This is a forum where real people ask real questions about issues in their lives, and get real answers. This page covers a lot of different conversations and situations with parents, from talking about sex (sometimes just because—or sometimes because mom found some birth control or porn in her kid's room), to discussing sexual orientation and religion, and way more.

Scarleteen — About that "Talk" with your Parents: This site goes over a lot of the same topics as "Info for Teens", but sometimes in deeper detail.

Sex Etc. — Communication Tools: This site has tips for talking to your parent or trusted adult, it even has guidance on talking to your health care provider, partner or friends about sex.

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