Coronavirus (COVID-19): Important information from Sharp
Doctor's office
Enter your doctor's name to get office information.
Find labs in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find labs in your network.
Find urgent care centers in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find urgent care centers in your network.
Driving Directions
Update Information
Forgot Password

Please enter your e-mail address.

Sharp Health News

More than just the birds and bees

Nov. 1, 2016

More than just the birds and bees

There are several conversations we have with our children that can be uncomfortable. From the birds and bees to the death of a loved one or a distressing story in the news, there is no single manual to refer to when wondering how to best tackle certain topics.

Sexuality and birth control may just be one of those challenging conversations for families. Studies have shown that teen pregnancies and births have greatly decreased because of teens' increased use of contraceptives in recent years.

Dr. Andrea Journagin, an OBGYN with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, recently discussed how parents can talk with their teens about sex and birth control.

When should parents talk to their teenagers about birth control?
I strongly believe that parents should begin talking to their kids about sex, love and birth control before middle school — the younger, the better. It's just too late if they wait until high school.

When is it appropriate for parents and teen girls to consider birth control?
Birth control is not just used to prevent pregnancy. Certain forms of birth control would be appropriate even if a teen girl is not thinking about becoming sexually active, but is experiencing menstruation-related problems, such as irregular, heavy or painful periods, or acne. Birth control can allow these girls to live a much more comfortable life.

What types of birth control do you suggest teens consider?
I usually recommend a long-acting reversible contraception method. These include implants that are placed under the skin of the upper arm, and provide birth control for years. An intrauterine device (IUD) is a great option for teenage girls (unless they have recently been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease), and can last three to five years. The Depo-Provera injection is a shot they must get every three months. For patients who prefer a daily method, birth control pills are also a great option, especially since there is such a variety on the market.

Are IUDs safe?
The past history of IUDs leading to serious infections causes some people to feel hesitation in using them; however, those concerns have been resolved and the new IUDs are safe, more than 99 percent effective and most young women tolerate them well.

What else should teens and their parents know about birth control?
It is very important to note that none of the birth control methods I've discussed protect from sexually transmitted diseases. Teens must always use a condom during sexual activity along with their chosen form of birth control.

What should a teen do if they have sex and did not use birth control or the condom breaks?
I recommend that teens who are not using birth control, but may become sexually active, have emergency contraception on hand, such as the morning-after pill, which is readily available over the counter. The pill can be taken one to five days after unprotected sex. However, if a teen finds herself using emergency contraception more than once, she definitely should consider using a long-acting contraceptive.

"Kids take sexuality a lot more seriously than adults give them credit for," Dr. Journagin says. "Birth control does not promote becoming sexually active and parents should take the time to have a discussion with their children about sex and birth control, and be open and supportive of what their teens have to say."

You might also like:

Choose the doctor who's right for you.

At Sharp, we make it easy to find an exceptional doctor — right where you live and work.

All Categories
Contact Sharp HealthCare
Call us


If this is a life- or limb-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Email us

Please do not use this form to convey personal or medical information.

How would you like to be contacted?
Date of birth

Find other numbers

View our phone directory

What's This?

These important numbers are located on your billing statement.

Find your Sharp Rees-Stealy account number

Find your Sharp Rees-Stealy account number

Find your Sharp hospital account number

Find your Sharp hospital account number

Find your SharpCare account number

Find your SharpCare account number
What's GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) governs the processing of personal information gathered from individuals while they are in the European Union (EU) and parts of the EEA (European Economic Area, which currently includes Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway).

We are sorry, but we are unable to process hospital price estimates if you live or are travelling within the EU or affiliated nations.

To learn more, call us at 858-499-5901.

What's This?

Many surgery and procedure names sound similar. If possible, please provide the current procedure terminology (CPT) code, which can be found on the order from your doctor.

If you cannot provide the CPT code, please contact your doctor's office for the CPT or a detailed description of services.