Teenagers have a great curiosity and tend to want to explore the world. Often the desire to explore all these things is not accompanied by careful consideration so that sometimes their actions are at high risk for themselves, others, and the surrounding environment. If not given attention and left unattended, this risky act can cause various problems.
One problem that can arise from this behavior is reproductive health problems.
Reproductive health is often misinterpreted only as a sexual relationship, so many parents feel that the topic of this conversation is not appropriate to discuss with teenagers. In fact, reproductive health is a physical, mental, and social health condition that is very important to be understood by adolescents, so that it does not merely discuss sexual relations.
This situation is certainly dangerous, the absence of accurate information causes adolescents to seek and obtain information about reproductive health from sources that are less reliable, such as friends or from pornographic media. As a result, their perceptions of sex and reproductive health are wrong and unhealthy.
Puberty makes teenagers aware of their potential and becomes more expressive in exploring their organs and sexual behavior. Perceptions about reproductive health and wrong sexuality can be brought into their sexual behavior.
For teens who are sexually active, these misconceptions can increase risky sexual behavior and result in the risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases. This disease can be in the form of vaginal discharge, chlamydia, gonorrhea, to HIV Aids. If left unchecked, the disease can cause further infection and endanger him.
In fact, many teenagers are afraid to discuss reproductive health issues with parents because of shame, fear of being scolded, or punished. Many teenagers do not know that they are affected by reproductive health, but are reluctant to go to a health facility.
Adolescents who have reproductive health diseases must be immediately taken to a health facility for treatment. Health workers will also provide information so that poor behavior related to reproductive health will change.
Parents have a very important role in the lives of adolescents, so parents need to be more intensive in instilling good moral values for adolescents, one of which is by explaining the disadvantages of premarital sexual relations from all sides, from potential diseases that can be transmitted from risky sexual behavior, until the consequences of mental and financial unpreparedness in starting a household life due to unplanned pregnancy.
It would be better if the education is given with the principle of love and openness so that teens will be more comfortable and open themselves up in discussing their problems related to reproductive health. Anti-attitudes about all matters relating to reproductive health and sexuality will not help your children at all to better understand all the risks that can occur due to understanding the wrong things about this.
To be able to provide information about reproductive health effects, parents need to filter out the sources of information so that the knowledge given to adolescents is accurate and does not cause excessive concern to adolescents. Be a companion who is familiar to them, so that they can comfortably ask this — it’s about reproductive health. Thus, you can be closer to children, and they will feel that their parents are cool because they are open to discussing things that are considered taboo.
Let us guide our children with the right information so that they do not misstep in facing misconceptions about sex and reproductive health.