Ok, no one is denying that it is often times really awkward to ask adults; especially of the parent-kind, questions about sex and your body! However, it is vitally important for teens to get accurate sex ed information so that you don’t end up with an unplanned pregnancy or STI like Chlamydia, Herpes, Gonorrhea or HIV/AIDS. Not knowing what internet sites are to be trusted to provide medically accurate information could have you believing your best friend when he tells you that your girlfriend could be infected with an STD known as Blue Waffle disease! (CAUTION: Blue Waffle disease IS NOT REAL!) So, please, DO NOT believe everything you read or hear from your friends or see on TV or Google. Sex education is important enough to invest time and effort in these discussions.
Instead, take the plunge into that vast pool of icy cold water known as “the talk” with your parents, guardian or trusted adult. After all, in survey after survey teens (that’s YOU!) say parents most influence your decisions about sex; not peers, not partners, not popular culture. Besides, if you have ever jumped in to a pool of icy cold water, you know it isn’t so bad once you get used to it. Talking to your parents about sex, relationships and your body actually has been proven to delay sexual activity, reduce the number of your sexual partners and increase the likelihood that you will use contraception more consistently. If those reasons aren’t motivation enough to get you to take the plunge then consider these tips and ease on in to the shallow end and at least get your toes wet.