How can I help my teen understand the impact of unprotected sex on his/her future life plans?
Parents have to let their teens know that having sex — especially unprotected sex — can have serious, negative consequences. It can lead to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Unintended pregnancy can derail education and career plans — for young women and young men. Pregnant teens are more likely to drop out of high school than girls who don’t get pregnant. Sexually transmitted infections can cause discomfort, infertility, and life-threatening illness such as genital cancers and AIDS. Teens need to know the basics of reproduction, birth control, and safer sex. In order to be helpful, parents must know about these subjects, too!

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