When your adolescent son becomes 13 years or older, it is time for him to learn more about reproduction. The biology will be interesting to him because now he will begin to understand how the girl’s reproductive system works. I think most adolescents are interested in learning the other side of the story, and teaching them the basic biology is the way to begin.
A topic to begin with is ovulation and the basic structure of the girl’s reproductive system. In this illustration, you can see the two ovaries where eggs are stored. You can also see an egg being released at ovulation and coursing inside a fallopian tube to the uterus. Each month, this is the normal pathway for an egg as it is released from an ovary on one side and then from the other ovary the next month.
Illustration from I’m a Boy, How Are Girls Different?
This illustration is highlighting sperm traveling to the fallopian tube to locate an egg. I would suggest to hold this topic for a next time together with your son. Let’s give him something to think about and also to look forward to learning.
The explanation about ovulation is probably enough information for a brief 7-minute talk with your son. He is likely going to resist you, but you have just taught him a lot of very important information that we can build on in the future.
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