Birth Control Question

"Mom, what is the birth control pill? Some of my friends at school are on it. Should I be?" (Daughter is 15 years old)

Response - parent who encourages their children to protect themselves if they are going to be sexually active.

  • Facts - "The birth control pill is prescribed by a doctor and can be taken by a woman if she is having sexual intercourse and does not want to have children at that time. Having sexual intercourse is a big decision. There are serious consequences such as pregnancy , sexually transmitted infections , and being hurt emotionally".
  • Values and Responsibility - "I would prefer that you wait until you are married before you have sexual intercourse. But, if you are going to have sex, I’m glad to hear that you are taking responsibility to make sure you are protected."
  • Self-esteem - "I can see you’ve been thinking about this and I’m glad you asked me".

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Response - parent who does not support the use of birth control or sexual activity at such a young age.

  • Facts - "The birth control pill is prescribed by a doctor and can be taken by a women if she is having sexual intercourse but does not want to have children. Having sexual intercourse is a big decision. There are serious consequences such as  pregnancy , sexually transmitted infections , and being hurt emotionally".
  • Values and Responsibility - "No, I don't think you should be taking the birth control pill because I believe that you should wait until you are married before you have sexual intercourse."
  • Self-esteem - "I can see you've been thinking about this and I’m glad you asked me. Does that answer your question? I'm glad you came to talk with me about this. I'd be glad to talk about it more if you want".

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