Whether you are new to it, or just new to your partner, talking about safe sex and contraception with your partner or a healthcare professional can be a challenge.
Sex is one of those topics that can be lots of fun to talk about, or really awkward – depending on who you’re having the conversation with, and why. This page is full of things to talk about, and ways to approach them, with two very important audiences in your life: your healthcare professionals and/or your partner. Here’s hoping the following tips and insights help you get the conversation started and flowing smoothly!
Ok, let’s start with the health side of things. Even if you don’t really talk about sex with your healthcare professional, you may have to talk about contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), especially if you need a prescription. Here are some pointers for a conversation about sex and how to prevent pregnancy:
Right. Now comes the tougher conversation – maybe. Tougher perhaps because not everyone is comfortable with sex talk, and you really shouldn’t leave it to a moment of passion if you want to talk about, say, contraception. Here are some tips and pointers for talking about sex with your partner.
Sex & U
American Sexual Health Association
Center for Young Women’s Health
Birth Control Options brochure in pdf format.
A comprehensive website on birth control, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual health created by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
The Canadian Public Health Association is a non-governmental organization focused on public health in general, and has helpful information on birth control methods and sexual health.
A U.S.-based international organization that provides all age groups with reproductive health care and sex education.