Quote from elkpark
Lovely. If that had been my experience when I was a teenager seeking birth control, I would have immediately gotten up and left, and found a less judgmental, paternalistic healthcare professional (as I hope any self-respecting teen would today ...
I don't agree that they are judgmental but I can certainly see how some of the questions might rub you the wrong way.
But how about the ones where you ask the teen to consider what making this decision might do to their future and to the future of the person they are intending to have sex with?
I talked to my boys about the abortion, adoption, raising a kid question too. My boys are pro-life. They are also full of hormones. If they jump into a "hook up" as it is called now, with someone they cannot possibly know, what if a pregnancy occurs? Do they realize that person has all the power regarding the outcome?
Also, sex does not equal intimacy. I try to teach them to think with their brains and not their libido. And that true friendship and trust is extremely important to achieve prior to swapping body fluids.
My kids aren't perfect. But I'd rather talk straight with them then not.
I'd rather there was some meaning attached to sexual intimacy. Besides orgasm. Nice as that is. :spin: It is better with love and trust.
And I'd rather the doc or NP talk straight to them about the emotional consequences as well as the physical ones to beginning a sexual relationship when you are a teenager.