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Heartbreak - Diary of a Sex Educator

Jul 3, 2013 | Diary of a Sex Educator |Adolescent health |Sex ed |Sexual Health |STDs/STIs | Comments (0)
My heart broke today for a young girl, alone in her bedroom, fearful that she was pregnant from giving a boy a blowjob.  Even though I told her all the facts and that she was no risk for pregnancy, she kept crying.  I was confused.  I’ve never encountered a situation where...

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Love Thyself

Jun 3, 2013 | Sex ed |Sexual Health |General | Comments (0)

Despite the fact that we’re 13 years into a new millennium, when it comes to self-pleasuring – otherwise known as masturbation - we seem to still be in the Dark Ages. 

Many women I counsel about sex feel and believe that masturbation is only for men or people without a sex partner. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, research about self-pleasuring habits has revealed that men and women in couples are more likely to masturbate than single people. So why the blushing and nervous giggles whenever someone mentions it? Because few people find it easy to talk about sex openly and this is what causes the red-face and reticence when conversation turns to sex on our own steam.


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On Love, Gratitude, and Anatomy

May 17, 2013 | Sexual Health |Sex ed | Comments (1)

“You don’t have a penis, Mommy!?”

Even though I’ve worked in HIV, sexual health, and education for over 20 years, I never imagined I’d be having a conversation like this with my 3-year-old son.


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If You Give a Teen a Condom

Feb 14, 2013 | Sexual Health |Sex ed |Adolescent health |Condoms | Comments (0)
One of the hottest debates among school administrators, parents, and politicians is sex education, specifically information about safer sex, in schools. If you give a teenager a condom, are you promoting promiscuity? Are we inviting unplanned pregnancy and STIs into teen’s lives by acknowledging the fact that they might be interested in sex?

Simply put: No. Duh.


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Wrapping It Up Still Feels Good – Why the Bad Rap?

Jan 23, 2013 | Condoms |Sex ed |STDs/STIs |General | Comments (0)

We’ve all heard it before – sex with condoms isn’t as good as sex without condoms.

However, a new study by ASHA board member Dr. Debby Herbenick and other researchers from Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion shows that condoms’ bad rap might be unwarranted.

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