Your teen might not have the best reaction if you tell them, "You should think about going on birth control" on a random Tuesday afternoon, but having that chat is nonetheless essential. Providing a safe and educational environment can encourage communication and openness about sexual health and safer sex practices that will keep your kid healthy not just now, but as an adult, too. Luckily, experts have tips on how to create that environment.
Start talking about birth control early on
"These conversations can begin as early as you would have conversations about puberty," said Rachel Miller, a licensed marriage and family therapist and the founder of Hold the Vision Therapy in Chicago. "Normalizing open discussions about birth control early will make it easier for everyone when your child needs support to obtain access to it."
This exchange doesn't have to be done with a one-time "birds and bees'' conversation. Try to incorporate it into normal parts of your life.
"I'm a big fan of finding everyday, casual openings for these conversations," Miller