If you've just learned you're pregnant, you're not alone. You might feel confused, scared, or shocked by the news. You might think, "This can't really be happening. And you know you'll probably have to tell your parents. No matter how close you are to your parents, you're going to wonder how they'll react.
Should You Tell the Doctor If You're Having Sex?
You Asked It: Will My Doctor Tell My Parents That I’m Having Sex?
No one is ever excited to say, "Hey, Mom and Dad! I think I'm ready to have sex. Can we talk about it? They might have a hard time hearing that their baby is growing up, and you might want to crawl under a rock and die. But as awkward as you may feel, it's an important conversation to have that can help you stay safe and healthy, and informed.
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Great question! What you talk about with your doctor is private and confidential. In most states, many sexual health services like birth control and STI testing are confidential for minors.
If you have your mom take you to get birth control and they ask if you are sexually active, does it matter if you say yes or no? Yes, it does matter: You need to tell the doctor because having sex can affect your health in ways you might not see or feel. But if a person isn't treated, it could lead to serious health problems like pelvic inflammatory disease PID , which can cause infertility the inability to have a baby. Knowing this lets the doctor test for "hidden" infections to be sure everything's OK. It also means the doctor can give you the right advice for your situation.