“I really want to talk to my parents about birth control, but I’m so nervous about it. What should I do?”
High five for including your parents in this conversation and for thinking ahead! Talking about birth control may seem scary, but parents often end up being relieved that you started the conversation. Using birth control is mature and responsible and so is talking with your parents about it.
Here are some thoughts on how to talk to parents about birth control. While sharing with your parents is encouraged, it’s okay if you want to keep some stuff private. They may ask you if you’re having sex and you should be honest with them if you can. It’s their job to help you stay safe and happy, which is why they want to know details about your life. But if you feel like you can’t tell your parents you’re having sex, you can say, “I want to go on birth control, just to be safe.” You could also talk about the other benefits of birth control. Some forms of birth control help with things like lighter periods or clearing up acne.
If your parents get upset, tell them that you know they care about you and you trust their advice, so that’s why you came to them. You can also admit that this isn’t the easiest talk to have. Remind them that protecting yourself against STDs and pregnancy is really important, and you want their support.
And don’t forget: If you’re under 18, you can things like free condoms, pregnancy/HIV tests and free birth control at a MS Health Department Clinic.