Expert Advice

What parents need to know before talking to their teenager about sex

These chats don't need to be awkward.

By Karyn Henger

Before you talk to your teenager about sex, watch this video!

By the time your teenager graduates from high school, half of their classmates will have already had sex and the other half won't have. Which half will your teen be in?

As awkward as you may feel about it, parents need to have conversations with their teens about sex, says Family Planning Health Promotor Lesley-Ann Guild - but there are ideal and not-so-ideal ways to navigate the topic.

In this video Guild gives advice on how to find the best moments to bring the subject up as well as how to start conversations and make them as comfortable as possible for both of you.

She gives pointers on how much to say and what sort of messaging is useful for them to hear - and she explains why it's important for both genders to receive the same messages.

Good luck!