While discussing contraception and safe sex may be awkward or uncomfortable, it is important to help educate adolescents about pregnancy prevention, how to protect themself against STIs, and understand their options for birth control. Providing education, guidance, and support to adolescents regarding contraception helps them make informed decisions about their bodies and sexual health.
Contraceptive counseling services take a patient-centered approach, and your healthcare provider can assess your adolescent’s unique circumstances to determine the best contraceptive options for them. Their doctor can discuss each contraceptive method's pros, cons, and side effects. Education on emergency contraceptives and STIs is commonly addressed in contraceptive counseling services.