It’s normal to have questions about sex and to feel uneasy when talking to your parents/caregivers about sex and contraception. However, having an honest discussion will allow you to receive accurate information about your body and help you make safe choices.  You don’t have to wait for your parent/caregiver to bring up the topic. If you have questions, just ask!

When you decide on the right time, have some questions ready.

Such as:

  1. How do you know if you are ready to have sex or are in love?
  2. Can you tell me how someone gets pregnant?
  3. How do you protect yourself from pregnancy?
  4. What types of contraception are the best?
  5. How do you go about getting contraception?

 You may feel more comfortable communicating through email or text.

If you are feeling nervous to start the conversation, try talking while you do something else like watching a movie, driving to school, or doing the dishes together. Lots of songs and shows mention sex – try using that to get started.

If you are not comfortable talking about sex with your parents/caregivers, who else in your life could you talk to?

You may want to consider asking an older sibling, a cousin, a counsellor, a mentor, or a school counsellor, someone older you can trust. 

The Alberta FASD Networks each have a Prevention Conversation Facilitator who would be happy to talk to you more about this topic if that makes you feel more comfortable. Visit  to find one in your area. Even if it feels a bit awkward, be proud of yourself for starting the conversation and taking responsibility for making healthy choices.