Explaining birth control to girls

Award winning author and sex health expert Amy Lang, MA, explains what both parents and teenagers should know about birth control and how parents can help their children make healthy decisions.
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Explaining birth control to girls

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Parents should explain birth control to their teens even if they don’t want their teen to become sexually active, because it’s better to prepare for the worst and plan for the best. You just don’t know what’s going to happen with your teenager, so if your teen knows about birth control, knows where to get it, and knows that it’s important to use if they decide to be sexually active, the chances are increased that they will actually use it. At the end of the day, we can’t control our teenagers, but we can help them to make really good decisions about their sexual health. So you have to decide – is it more important that your child be clueless about birth control and have sex anyway, or understand about birth control and have sex anyway.

Award winning author and sex health expert Amy Lang, MA, explains what both parents and teenagers should know about birth control and how parents can help their children make healthy decisions.

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Amy Lang, MA

Sex Education Expert

Despite her 16 years of experience as a sexual health educator, Amy Lang found herself completely tongue-tied when her four year old son had "something very important" to tell her about his penis. Shocked by her discomfort, she realized if she was struggling, other parents must be too. Amy also holds an MA in Applied Behavioral Science and her focus was in adult education and group facilitation. She decided to combine her love of sex talking and her love of working with adults and started Birds + Bees + Kids in 2006.

Amy is a three time Mom’s Choice Award winner for her book, Birds + Bees + YOUR Kids - A Guide To Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships and DVD, Birds + Bees + Kids - The Basics. She is also the author of the book, Say What?! The Birds + Bees for Progressive Parents - What to Say and How to Say It!

She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Magazine, Parent Map magazine and has contributed to a gazillion other publications. Sex advice guru Dan Savage says “Amy is a parent’s best friend-with-benefits when it comes to talking to kids about sex.” 

Though Birds + Bees + Kids, Amy helps parents of all beliefs have easy, open and effective conversations about sexuality, love and relationships with their kids. She offers talks, workshops, one-on-one consultations and live webcasts. Amy is also the co-founder of MamaCON - Inspiration and Tools for Modern Moms, a conference supporting the hard work of moms everywhere.

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