Talking with your teens about sex and birth control does not mean you are giving them permission to have sex. In fact, parents who talk to their teens about pregnancy, sex and birth control have teens that start having sex later and are more likely to use birth control and condoms when they do start.

Teens often have misconceptions about pregnancy, birth control and preventative measures and may be unaware of sexually transmitted diseases. Young boys and girls believe numerous myths and as a parent, you need to address these in order to inform and protect your son or daughter.

Try to talk before birth control becomes an issue instead of waiting until you suspect your child may be having sex (which may make it more awkward).

Let him or her know that he or she may not need the information right now but will want to know it sometime in the future.