(Mirror Daily, United States) – Although it can be really awkward and you might not want to go through it, scientists say it is better to do so, because telling your teen about the birds and the bees will protect him.
An interesting study performed by the North Carolina State University found that having the sex talk with your teenager children will help them understand better the process and, also, protect them against risky behavior.
Unprotected and risky sexual intercourse among teenagers is a real danger, scientists say, both physically and mentally. Physically because it is the primary source of sexual disease transmission and mentally because having sex when you’re not ready yet for it or suffering from a sexual disease as a teen can leave life-long psychological scars on you.
Therefore, researchers now say that it’s actually a lot better to discuss with your teen about sex, what it involves, how it really should be done, the risks they take and the responsibilities they face, if they choose to have it.
For this particular study, researchers at the North Carolina State University have extracted data from 30 years’ worth of studies that involved some 25 000 teens, in order to assess the effects of parent-child sex talks on teen sexual behavior. The data rendered a positive effect of said kind of communication related to safe sex behavior.
The results seem to favor girls and the teens that had this talk with their mothers rather than their fathers. The fact that girls were more affected by “the talk” than boys is normal, scientists show. Having a sexually transmitted disease or an unwanted pregnancy affects girls’ and boys’ lives differently. While the latter can continue their life more or less in the same way, an unwanted pregnancy in a girl can take away several years of her life, put a stop to her education and / or career.
The same goes for sexually transmitted diseases. Girls will always be more affected that boys, due to the still existing sexism in our society and to the fact that it is still seen as morally deficient for a girl to explore her sexuality, whereas boys are actually encouraged to follow and explore their sexuality from younger ages, as a process a maturing. Hence, when a boy catches a sexually transmitted disease, he will suffer almost no social punishment. Actually, he might even be revered by his peers, for having had the experience.
Whereas for a girl, suffering from a sexually transmitted disease is viewed by society as promiscuity and will have a deep impact on her social and romantic life.
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