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Contraceptives

(Written by Guest Blogger JustAnotherTeen.)   Let’s face it, my girlfriend and I are far from the poster children of safer sex practices. Sure, we are not that bad, and try to use two forms of birth control, but no one could argue that they are the safest ways to go. When we first had […]

Your questions, my answers! (Part 2)

(Written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen.)  “You seem very open, honest, and liberal, but you depict your parents as fairly rigid and conservative. How much do you think your parents impacted who you are and how did they do that? I like the person you present yourself as and I sense that you like yourself as […]

Sex Education, or the lack thereof:

(Written by guest blogger JustAnotherTeen.)  As many great teachers as my school may have, there is one that I absolutely cannot stand. I was supposed to take Health Education in my sophomore year and I really wish I had. Unfortunately it would not fit in my schedule till my junior year. The coach that left […]

More teenagers giving birth! Ack! Run around like a chicken with your head cut off! Ack!

So the liberal blog-o-sphere is simply agog with the CDC announcement that the adolescent birth rate has risen for the first time in fourteen years (it had been steadily falling). Bush’s abstinence-only “sex education” policy has been taken to the cleaners with this announcement. Here’s a quote from the CDC announcement that I think sums […]

The pill without a pelvic exam

Thanks so much to Heather Corinna from Scarleteen for this information. Planned Parenthood is now dispensing the pill without a pelvic exam. You can read more about it. This is a relatively unusual program. Planned Parenthood’s requirements are that you do not have: certain conditions that make it inadvisable to use a hormonal method [of […]

Vaginal exams and the Pill

Recently a young woman wrote me asking this question: I am 19 and just recently lost my virginity, so my mom and I talked about how I should get on the pill. I’ve never had a pelvic exam (against my mom’s wishes) because I’m really shy and nervous about it, but she said that I […]

Birth control in the schools

The school board in Portland, Maine has voted to allow prescription birth control to be distributed in the Middle School Health Center without parental permission or notification. Parents will need to give permission for their children to access the Health Center Services, but will not be informed of what services they receive there. In addition […]

Top Ten Things To Do Before You Have Sex: a list for teenagers

(Just to be clear, these are things to do before you have oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anything else that could get you pregnant or an STD.) 1. Have an orgasm. Yes, before you start having sex, you should give yourself an orgasm. It’s important to know what feels good to you before you can […]

Teenagers and condoms vs. the pill

Condoms are absolutely the best birth control for teenagers. They protect against pregnancy and disease. They are used at the time, so there is no need to fret over whether you forgot to take your pill last Tuesday. They are relatively inexpensive, and easily available (regardless of your age). Both genders can take responsibility for […]

What size are you?

Do you know condoms come in different shapes and sizes? Does your teenager know that? Five researchers from the University of Indiana have recently reported that lots of men report that condoms just don’t fit quite right – men think that condoms are too short, too long, too tight, and too loose. It seems to […]