At this time in your life, you probably have a lot of questions. Your caregiver has answers. Yeah, we know: talking about that kind of stuff is awkward! It’ll be uncomfortable — at least in the beginning. But initiating a discussion with your caregiver about sexual health and other related topics will show them how mature you are. Getting the conversation started is the hardest part. That’s why we’re here.
Try this: Next time you and your trusted adult are in a good mood — maybe after a family dinner or game night — let them know you’re ready to talk. You can call it sex, “the birds and the bees,” or even “the talk.” Trust us, they’ll know what you mean. Or just use the conversation starters below. Remember, your body and mind are changing and growing over time, so asking questions as you feel comfortable is perfectly okay.
Connect 2 Care
If you need to access health services in New Orleans and aren’t sure where to go, check out the Connect 2 Care Teen Resource Guide below. The guide has information on teen-friendly community health centers and also important information about your rights! The guide can help you learn about consent, confidentiality, payment, making an appointment, preparing for an appointment, and available services.
Geauxing for it
Right now, you’re learning a lot. Your teachers are there to answer questions about geometry, literature, and even world history—but what about biology? No, we’re not talking about mitochondria. More along the lines of the important changes occurring in your body and personal life. That’s right, puberty. Because you may not be learning this vital information in school, you can take matters into your own hands and bring the conversation home.
Keeping your family’s values in mind, use these questions to kick off the sex talk with your parents. By initiating these conversations, they can equip you with all the necessary information (even the nitty gritty details). After that? Make sure you are doing what you can to get the same information into your school.
Questions for middle school students to ask
Questions for high school students to ask