New research shows that the sex talk is more uncomfortable for teens than parents.  

A new Family Circle survey asked 2,000 parents and teens about their experience with the “birds and the bees” conversation.

Eighty-two percent of adolescents between the ages of 15-18 admitted that they felt anxiety when their parents sat them down to discuss sex or relationships.  Fifty percent of parents, on the other hand said that they felt uneasy about conducting the conversation.

Nine out of 10 teens said that they would prefer to not have the sex conversation with their parents while 16 percent revealed that the topic has never been addressed.

Despite the uncomfortable situation, 82 percent of parents with teens said that they are aware that their child had intercourse. Only 45 percent of parents said that they knew their teen engaged in oral sex.

Survey results also revealed two vastly different views about the information passed between parent and teen:

Forty-two percent of parents claim that they’ve encouraged their teen to abstain from sex while only 27 percent of teens said that they’ve had the talk.

When it comes to birth control methods, 29 percent of parents said that they’ve discussed options with their children. However, only 35 percent of teens recall the conversation or said that they’ve only had it one time.

Thirty-nine percent of parents said they’ve talked about the risks of sexting (sending sexually explicit text messages) with their teen. But, 41 percent of adolescents said that they’ve never discussed sexting or only had the conversation once.

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2 thoughts on “Teens Find Sex Talk with Parents Uncomfortable

  1. I too had to learn the hardway because no one told me. I remember my grandmother saying to me when I was about 11 or 12, that it was time somebody told me about “the facts of life”. No one has told me yet and I’m in my late 40’s, LOL I wish someone had told me because I probably would have made better choices during my teens and twenties.

  2. chaquille on said:

    Parents, we are going to have to step up and make them comfortable with talking to us about it…..I told my daughter everything because my mother did not tell me….I had to go outside and learn some things the hard way because in that day parents did not have the talk…..I did not want my daughter outside not knowing…..It paid off…..Now at 28 my daughter says, “I am kind of glad you went over the top the the convo…..Sometimes it was too much

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