Sex Ed Resources

Young Women United

Young Women United (YWU) leads community organizing and policy initiatives by and for self-identified women and people of color in New Mexico. YWU works to build communities where all people have access to the information, education, and resources to make real decisions about our own bodies and lives.

Founded in 1996, the mission of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently became Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

At Power to Decide, we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to pursue the future they want, to realize their full possibility, and to follow their intentions. This conviction drives our work to ensure that all young people have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant.

Providing compassionate  healthcare to Louisiana and Southeast Texas for over 80 years.

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IWES is dedicated to improving the mental, physical and spiritual health and quality of life for women, their families and communities of color, particularly among marginalized populations using community-driven research, programs, training and advocacy.

A website dedicated to sexual health information for teens. 

Sex, Etc. is on a mission to improve teen sexual health across the country! Each year, five million young people visit Sexetc.org, and over 45,000 read our magazine to get honest and accurate sexual health information. We’ve helped teens with answers to their question about sex, relationships, pregnancy, STDs, birth control, sexual orientation and more!

Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.

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Myths About Sex Kids Are Learning In Sex Ed

There's No Such Thing As Safe Sex

This is extremely commonly taught, especially in areas where abstinence-only sex education is prevalent. The facts: While the only way to guarantee 100% that you won’t get pregnant, there are still many other options to make sure the sex that you are having is safe. Condoms, birth control, and non-penetrative sex are a few safer options.

Everything Gets You Pregnant

It is a common mistaken belief that sexual conduct of any nature may get you pregnant. The facts: Kissing, oral sex, anal sex and many other sexual acts cannot get you pregnant. Unprotected PIV sex can, but having protected sex and using caution can minimize the risks of pregnancy.

Masturbation Is Not Acceptable

Masturbation is almost never covered in sexual education programs, leading to a false belief for young people that it is wrong or unacceptable. The facts: Masturbation is an extremely common and natural way for young people to begin exploring sex. Talking about masturbation in sex ed. could be an effective way to create a comfortable and sex-positive environment for students.

Sex Is Only A Biological Urge

Young people are being taught that sex only exists as a method to make a baby, and that's it. The facts: Sex serves a variety of other purposes, such as a method of obtaining pleasure, a way to be intimate with your partner, or its role in life beyond procreation.

Abstinence Is The Only Morally-Correct Option

Another favorite in the abstinence-only crowd is to teach kids that having sex is immoral and that abstinence is the only morally-correct option. The facts: Everyone’s morals and beliefs are different, and everyone should feel comfortable acting in a way that is right for them. Additionally, arguing that only abstinence is moral can put an incredibly negative light on sex, decreasing the likelihood for young people to open up about it, ask questions and reduce their risky behaviors.

Condoms Are Not Effective

Many sex ed. programs are quick to argue that condoms are often ineffective. The facts: when used correctly, condoms are effective 98% of the time. They are also highly effective in preventing most STIs. It is important for sex ed. programs to teach about birth control and effective condom usage to ensure young people are using condoms correctly, and thus, decreasing their risk of pregnancy or STIs.

Having Protection Available Means They Will Want Sex

A common misunderstanding is that once we talk about sex or offer protection to teens, it will make them start having sex. The facts: Teenagers already want to have sex. A recent study from the CDC showed that youth engaged in abstinence-only sex ed. programs were no more likely to delay sex than those with comprehensive sex ed. This means we might as well be giving youth the tools and knowledge to have safe and protected sex if they are going to be having sex regardless.

Sex Is Between A Man & A Woman

Very few sex ed programs talk about non-heterosexual sex. In fact, three states in this country are required to share only negative information on sexual orientation. The facts: There are lots of different kinds of sex that can be had not just between a man and a woman. There is also a spectrum of different genders and sexual orientations, all of which are absolutely okay and normal to identify with. Sex ed. programs need to work on catering to a variety of different student needs, as not all students will be having the same kind of sex. For more information on LGBTQ+ sex ed and health visit www.3rs.org

Your Genitals Will Be Ruined With Sex

Showing pictures of penises and vaginas full of STIs teaches young people that if they have sex, their genitals will be ruined. The facts: Safe sex exists, and as long as safe sex is practiced correctly, you can avoid STIs. Further, contracting an STI does not mean you are “ruined”. Many STIs are curable and treatable.

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