LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Department of Public Health will embrace a national day of preventing teenage pregnancy and giving advice for the long term on Wednesday.
According to a press release from the Department of Public Health, more than 2,000 teenage girls get pregnant every day in the United States. National Day to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy is May 4, and on that day, teens are asked to take the online National Day Quiz, which challenges them to think carefully about what they might do ‘in the moment.’
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“Studies show that children whose parents and guardians have discussed sexuality issues with them are more likely to wait until they are older to start having sex,” said Grace Flannery, Livingston County Public Health Educator, in the press release. “Talking with children about sex does not encourage them to be sexually active.”
The release offers tips for parents and guardians regarding measures they could take to help teenagers prevent pregnancy. “Be creative in initiating conversations about sex,” said the release. “Parents [and guardians] are the most influential person in a child’s life.”
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy presents the following tips:
Talk with your children early and often about sex, love and relationships, and be specific; supervise your children and adolescents; familiarize yourself with your child’s interests, friends and their families; discourage early, frequent, and steady dating; be wary if you child enters into a relationship with someone who is significantly older or younger; and help your teenager create options for the future that are more attractive than parenthood. Finally, strive for a relationship that is warm in tone, firm in discipline, and rich in communication that emphasizes mutual trust and respect.
For more information on this topic or any other reproductive health questions contact the Livingston County Reproductive Health Center at 1-800-243-9240 or visit the website.