Will Talking About Sex Lead to Temptation?

Teen pregnancy expert Sarah Brown tells a parent why knowledge leads to abstinence.


Question: "Will talking to my children about sex encourage them to have sex?"

Knowledge Is Power Parents have wondered about this for years, but the good news is that we now have a lot of excellent research about just this question.

The answer? Talking with your children about sex does not encourage them to become sexually active. In fact, it's just the opposite.

Such talking helps them understand the consequences of sex, helps them to delay having sex for the first time, and increases the chances that they will use protection if they do become sexually active.

The best time to raise the topic of sex, pregnancy and contraception is before they are sexually active. For information, facts and resources on how to talk with kids about sex, visit Teenpregnancy.org.

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