How do I talk to my family about starting birth control before I go to college?
Explain to your parents that you are committed to being responsible, finishing your degree and not letting anything get in the way of that. You may or may not be sexually active at this time, but talking about birth control is part of showing them that you are responsible.
When you want to talk to your parents about birth control, it’s basically inevitable that sex will come up. You should consider your parents’ beliefs to talk to them in a way they’ll understand.
Plan this conversation in your head so you can be prepared for the conversation to go in any particular direction.
Mention something you read about birth control being for more than just protection—it can help with ovarian cysts, uterine cancer, endometriosis, and other health problems.
If your parents think you’re not old enough for sex or birth control, you should explain to them that college is a major period of change in your life, and that you’re definitely on the road to growing up.
Let them know that you’re taking all the right steps to be safe and making sure your decision doesn’t turn into something you can’t handle.