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For many young women, starting a conversation about birth control with a gynecologist is difficult, but the idea of discussing it with a parent seems impossible. However, many young women can benefit from talking to a parent about the birth control pill and other forms of contraception, and bringing it up may not be as scary as you think.

Watch this video for tips for starting a conversation with your mom or dad about birth control. Asking a parent to join you when you visit the gynecologist for a joint conversation or sharing an article about sexual health can be great jumping-off points.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is dedicated to empowering women of all ages to take charge of their sexual health with a comprehensive range of services, from birth control consultations to STD testing, all with complete patient confidentiality. To make an appointment for gynecology services in Washington, D.C., please call (202) 659-9403.