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From the moment they are born, your child taking more than its teddy bear to bed is a prospect most parents dread. However helping your teenager through this difficult time is something a responsible parent needs to face up to so here is our guide to handling that topic you have been dreading…

1. At some point your children will have sex but just how early is influenced by you. Sexually ignorant teenagers experiment much younger than those whose parents have educated them so bite the bullet and talk to them

2. Teenagers see a raft of mixed messages when it comes to the mechanics and the morality of having sex. This can leave them very confused and consequently very vulnerable. Obviously part of sex education is ensuring they know the basics however you should leave them in no doubt that sleeping with someone comes with responsibilities.
STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) and teenage pregnancies are rampant so the very least you should do is ensure they take their sexual health seriously

3. There is a chance that your teenager will have already had sex and an even bigger chance that if they did, it wasn’t well thought out. If you are the parent of a daughter who wasn’t on the pill then ‘morning after’ contraception can be taken effectively up to 72 hours after intercourse. After that she will have to take a pregnancy test, most of which give an accurate result if taken on the first day her period is due

4. Even if the girl concerned was on the pill, if your teenager didn’t use a condom then they run a very large chance of having caught an STI. Unfortunately many infections are asymptomatic, which means that you can’t tell if you have one. Also, most infections, regardless of whether they have symptoms, take two weeks to show up on a test

5. There is a lot of media hype about STI’s – and with good reason. Every 5 minutes someone in the UK is told that they have Chlamydia and some estimates put STI rates amongst young people as high as one in four. The most likely consequences of an untreated STI range from scarring to infertility, so swift action is strongly advised

6. When it comes to getting an STI test, inform your child of their options. GUM clinics and the local GP will both provide a free testing service but both take time. Alternatives include online services such as these levy a small, credit card charge for a range of STI tests, which are based on urine samples undertaken by post, but with your help, your child can be registered, tested and treated within a week

7. Many teenagers have the impression that everyone is having sex except them – and all too often peer pressure means that they could be having sex earlier than they really wanted. In this instance, it is your job to reassure them that it is ok for them to wait until they are ready

8. Regardless of which aspect of the subject you are tackling, it is probably best that you avoid offering any practical advice that is obviously borne from personal experience. In the unlikely instance of your son or daughter asking something direct, keep your answer general and try not to leave them with an image that will haunt them to the grave

9. Finally, remember, talking about sex is a much bigger deal for your child than it is for you. Being approachable means listening to them whilst showing them love, respect and trust. Good luck!

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Editors Note:

Chlamydia: The most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK, which can often present no obvious symptoms. Chlamydia affects both men and women and can cause serious problems if left untreated. The good news is that treatments are available and are highly effective in eradicating the infection. Chlamydia will show up in a test 14 days after infection.

Gonorrhea: The second most prevalent sexually transmitted infection in the UK. This can affect both men and women. Not everyone will get symptoms but those who do will often get a discharge from the urethra and find it painful to pass urine. Gonorrhea is generally treated using cephalosporin antibiotics. Gonorrhea will show up after 7 days.

Herpes: Genital herpes can be controlled but once contracted, most people will experience outbreaks throughout their lives. Herpes can be controlled with an antiviral medication. Normally outbreaks of herpes are characterized by small blisters around the affected area. (PCR tests that The STI Clinic offer for Herpes only show a positive result if the virus is active. So if someone does suspect that they might have herpes but do not currently have symptoms, it would be better to have a blood test at a walk-in clinic to check for antibodies.)
The STI Clinic Services: The STI Clinic does not deal with anyone under 18 as a matter of policy, if you have any questions regarding the services of The STI Clinic, please do not hesitate to call the Helpline 020 7419 8762

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