Teens consistently say that parents—not peers, not partners, not popular culture—most influence their decisions about relationships and sex. This section has some tips and scripts to help parents have a conversation with their kids about relationships, love, sex, and birth control.
- Download our Issue Brief about the Role of Adults in Teen Pregnancy Prevention
- Ten Tips for Parents to Help Their Children Avoid Teen Pregnancy
- Talking Back: What Teens Want Adults to Know About Teen Pregnancy
- How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy
- Aunt Sarah’s List: Things we all Need to Say to Teens and Young Adults
Young people have questions about their bodies, sexuality, gender, and sexual health. It’s a completely normal part of growing up. All young people deserve access to comprehensive sexuality education that provides the information needed to make empowered decisions about their lives. The Texas Campaign wants to connect you with the information and resources to help you make the best informed choices for yourself. The links below will direct you to a variety of resources to help you learn more about these important topics.
- I Wanna Know: Sexual Health
- Stay Teen
- Go Ask Alice
- It’s Your Sex Life
- Planned Parenthood – Teens
- Love Is Respect
- The Trevor Project
- Kid’s Health – Teen
- Your Life Your Voice
- Advocates For Youth
- CDC – Teens
- CDC – The Facts
If you are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, you must be on a reliable method of birth control and use a condom every time you have sex. Birth control is available to everyone, even if you are under 18. Parental consent is not required in Texas for a teenager to buy non-prescription, over the counter birth control. Nor do teens need any parental consent to receive information about contraceptives. Rules around parental consent vary and depend on which clinic you visit. Note: A teen does not need parental consent for birth control if they are on Medicaid or if they visit a Title X clinic for their reproductive health needs.
Click here for additional information about birth control and to find a clinic or health center near you.