Should Moms Provide Birth Control to Teens?

From iVillage Health

This week on the iVillage message boards, moms are talking about birth control for sexually active teens. Community moderator cmkarla asks, “If your daughter told you she was sexually active, what method of birth control would you suggest she use?”

Having grown up in a Catholic household where we did not talk about sex, I was surprised to see how open parents were to helping their kids obtain birth control.

“I would be very willing to pay for birth control for my daughter,” says lovingthechaosof3. “I would buy condoms for her; I have no problem with that. My biggest fear is that she will be afraid or embarrassed to tell me if she was having sex.”

“I would definitely help her get birth control and pay for it if necessary. I would not give her any excuse to not take it. The method I would recommend, if it works well for her, would be the patch,” agrees quinclyl.

Am I behind the times, or have moms become unbelievably cool since I was a kid? When the time comes, I would like to think I’ll be just as willing as these women to discuss sex with my son or daughter. And I’d have to vote for condoms, as opposed to other birth control methods, to make sure they’re protected against STDs. Of course, more important that supplying contraceptives is making sure they understand the risks involved in not using them. That, to me, seems like the biggest challenge.

Do you have sexually active teens at home? How have you handled the safe sex discussion? Chime in below!

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