Teens, Sex & Condoms

I am always telling you that you must talk to teens about sex and all of the accompanying emotions and possible risks. I’m always reminding you to talk to both the males and the females because we cannot make any assumptions that one sex is more protected and prepared emotionally and physically than the other.

If your teens are going to have sex then, of course, they should use condoms. I know that many of you tell your teens this but that many of them think that it reduces pleasure. Well, I have the results of a new study which you should and must talk to your teens about.The results of a study published Jan. 23, 2013 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that in a population of 6,000 18-59 year old Americans both the males and females described PROTECTED  sex as highly arousing and pleasurable. I am not suggesting that you encourage your teenagers to have sex before they are ready. Instead, if they are going to be sexually active anyway, we want to encourage them to be protected and reduce yet another barrier to the use of condoms.

After all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of contracting and spreading STDs and HIV is reduced by using condoms.