Doctors And Teens Both Avoid Talking About Sex And Sexuality

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In this article, it is mentioned several times the necessity of a doctor to have a one on one conversations regarding sex and sexuality with teenagers. One of the issues regarding the lack of conversations between a doctor and a teenager is, teenagers mainly female tend to not go as often to the doctor. If they do so the conversation about sex education is about 36 seconds long, not enough to go through the checklist doctors have. Thirty six seconds is not enough to even cover the basics such as: birth control methods, sexually transmitted diseases or even just plain sexual orientation.

This article also mentioned when they do have teenagers in it is still difficult to discuss these topics when the parent or guarding is present. Teenagers do not feel comfortable discussing or questioning these topics in front of their parents or legal guardians. In these cases it is very important for the doctors to kindly remove the parents from the consultation or even providing them an explanation of why they need to do so, so when it does happen they are not taken by surprised. Most importantly for the doctors to break the ice and discuss these topics so the patient (teenager) will be comfortable enough to where they can ask questions if needed. Overall a doctor having a confidential conversation with a teenager seems to work as well if the parent converse with their teenager it is just a matter of consistency and making time to do so.

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2 Responses to Doctors And Teens Both Avoid Talking About Sex And Sexuality

  1. Hi Julia,

    This blog is very interesting! I remember as a teenager when I attended my check ups and my doctor will ask me about my sex life and I will be very uncomfterable. I agree that it is very difficult to discuss these type of topics because parents are present. I feel that if parents are requested to step out while teenager talk to their doctors it will be easier for teenagers to open up about their sex life.

    Evelyn

  2. I like this post. I think this is something that needs to be practiced more often. A lot of parents do not know how to approach this subject and may never discuss it with their child. When I was younger my mother never did but she did allow me to take a Sex Ed class at the local recreation center. I think she used this as a way to avoid having the sex talk with me. When I went to the doctor I was not asked about my sex life, but that didn’t really matter because at the time I didn’t have one. The sex ed class seemed to do the job because I was terrified of getting an STD.

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