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I AM in Control.org Iowa Adolescents Making Choices to Control Their Future Teen:Health, Relationship, Body and Sexuality
Oct 30

Who to Talk to?

Posted By iamincontrol | October 30, 2014

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By Kayleen

Growing up is tough.  There are so many experiences and changes you face throughout middle and high school.  Some big changes that arise have to do with your sexual health.  (If you aren’t quite sure what we mean by “sexual health,” the Act Together For Youth page on What is Sexual Health? may be able to help.)

When you have a question about sexual health, where do you go?  The first thing you may do is pick up your phone or use your computer to look up the answer on the Internet.  The Internet does have a few reliable and helpful websites, but it is not always the same as talking to someone about your question.

Who is the person in your life that you can ask questions about sexual health?  Friends/peers may be the first people that you go to, but they may not be very knowledgeable on the subject. They may be wondering the same thing as you.  One of the best people you can talk to, besides a family physician or nurse, would be a parent or trusted adult in your life.  Some teens are already close to a parent or trusted adult and have established a relationship where open conversation is easy. That is a great relationship to have.  Other teens do not that have relationship with a parent or trusted adult at all, but it’s never too late to establish one.

If you are nervous about talking to your parents, remember they were teens once too and may have gone through similar situations as you.  Your parents want what’s best for you and they can help you weigh the options if you come across a difficult situation.  If you are in a place where you are very uncomfortable talking to your own parents about these issues, you can talk to a trusted aunt, uncle, teacher or another adult in your life.  It may be difficult to start talking to a parent or trusted adult about these issues, but it will be worth it.

You are in control of your sexual health.