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All of you have made great points/suggestions! The teenage years can be such an awkward stage of life and some don’t feel comfortable discussing topics related to reproduction for multiple reasons. While some may have a very open relationship discussing anything with their parents, others may not have that same relationship.  I think it’s a great idea to have a 1:1 discussion with the teen on what they understand and what thoughts they have for their future as far as having a family of their own (if they’ve even thought of that yet).  I understand that sometimes you only have a short window of time to have these discussions; however, if you can build a good rapport with that individual hopefully they will open up regarding their wishes.  I also think it’s a good idea to have a discussion with the parents separately as well to discuss their thoughts/concerns.  If you have 2 parents with differing opinions and they’re expressing this in front of their child, that may add more pressure on the teen. He/she will be in conflict about what they actually want to do because they may not want to upset either parent.

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