Sex is an important topic that needs to be carefully addressed with teenagers these days. Taking a step forward and opening up to them about sex is like playing a safe card, which we must play!
Here are some facts that you must bring up during your conversation with a teenager.
1. What is "safe" and what is not when it comes to sex?
It is said that having absolutely no sex is only the true form of “safe sex”. One cannot deny that every form of physical and sexual contact carries some risks. There are some ways to reduce the risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). You just simply need to follow some precautions and safety behaviors. It is suggested by The American Academy of Pediatrics that the parents must start about sex, bodies with their children at the right age to avoid any further inconvenience.
2. What are the guidelines for safer sex for teens?
- Indulge with just one partner who is only having sex with you. This will help in reducing the exposure to disease-causing organisms.
- It is recommended by the CDC that latex condoms that are with or without spermicides should be used to prevent the transmission of STIs. This includes sexually transmitted HIV. Note that a male condom must always be made of latex or polyurethane and never of natural materials. You can use Polyurethane if and only you have a latex allergy.
- Do not ignore any symptoms even if they are mild.
3. Myths or facts about Safe Sex?
There are some Myths that many people believe and eventually get you to believe them as well. The following are some of them.
- Planning ahead for sex ruins the mood.
- One can easily tell by looking at a person if they do or don’t have an STI.
- If you are practicing safe sex that means that one of you has an STI.
- If you practice safe sex that means one of you is an intravenous-drug user.
- Taking the pill means I practice safe sex.
- Condoms ruin the feel of sex.
- Buying condoms is embarrassing.
4. What to do if you have unsafe sex.
- You must avoid vaginal douching. Meaning, washing out the area in a very irritating manner. This can lead to an increase in the risk of infection.
- Be certain that you aren’t at the risk of getting pregnant. If you think you are, you must consider taking the contraceptive pill within 72 hours. You can pop it after 120 hours as well if the condom breaks or even if no protection was used.
- See your doctor promptly to be tested for STIs if there is any symptom, even if slight!