How/when do I talk to my kid about sex?

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Someone asked us:

Do you have any recommendations on what age it’s appropriate to talk to your child about each different part of reproduction, puberty, sex, gender identity, masturbation, different types of sex, and all that. I’m trying to go by what I’m asked but I’m not really sure when to keep talking beyond the basic question and when I’m in danger of overwhelming my child with too much information that they aren’t ready for. Thanks for your help!

Great question! As you and every other parent has probably noticed, talking with children about sexuality is a lifelong conversation. Doing it a little bit at a time helps keeps children — and their parents — from feeling overwhelmed.

Like voting, sex talks should happen early and often. Children are curious about their bodies and about different kinds of relationships almost as soon as they start noticing them. For young children, you can start by teaching them the names of their body parts. Their questions create a natural opportunity to start building a respectful and trusting relationship that can last through their teens.

And when we talk to our kids about sex-related stuff, it’s important to keep the conversation age appropriate. For example, when my daughter was three she asked me how she was born, and I told her that she came out of my body. She was in the bathtub and she laughed for five minutes straight when I told her this, but I think she got the message. When she asked me the same question at age six I gave her more detail, beginning with, “After nine months of growing inside my uterus, you came out through my vagina …”

Our kids have various reasons for asking us questions about sex and sexuality. They may just be curious, they may need help making a decision, or they may need to be reassured that they’re “normal.” And no matter how surprising their questions may be, kids always need honest, factual answers.  

Watch this short video to get tips on how to communicate with your youngsters about sex. And you don’t have to go it alone: Check out these resources for parents.

-Amy at Planned Parenthood

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Is it safe to use a menstrual cup when you have an IUD?

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Someone asked us:

 I’d really like to get an IUD, but I’ve been using a menstrual cup for the past year or so. I hated pads and tampons, so I really don’t want to give up using the cup. I have one friend with an IUD who says she still uses her cup and everything’s just fine, and another friend who says it’s unsafe for her to use her cup now that she has an IUD. What gives? Does it just depend on the person?

As you noticed, there are lots of opinions about this floating around out there.  Some people think that tampons and menstrual cups can pull or suck an IUD out, but there’s no research to back this up.  And one study found that the risk of expelling an IUD was statistically the same whether people used tampons, cups, or pads. 

Companies who make FDA-approved menstrual cups say they shouldn’t mess with your IUD if you’re careful and use the cup as directed. This includes wearing your menstrual cup lower in the vagina, and breaking the suction seal between the cup and vaginal walls before removal.

But, as with any type of birth control, our ultimate recommendation is to follow the advice of your nurse or doctor.

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Check out our new sexual orientation page

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When you guys give us feedback on how we’re doing, we listen. And we’ve updated our Sexual Orientation page to be more informative, more inclusive, and more useful. Check it out, and as always, let us know what you think.

Edit: Disclaimer: This page, although more informative and inclusive than previous edits, is still problematic in that it shows gender as a binary and it posits transgender as a category different from men and women (transmen ARE men, and transwomen ARE women). It also fails to address some sexualities. We repost mainly because we want to invite our followers to share your opinion with them and help them in their efforts to make the site as inclusive and awesome as possible! 

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Job Listing: Clinic Assistant, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

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Job Description: 

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England has an opening for a full time Clinic Assistant to work in our New Haven Health Center. The Clinic Assistant is responsible for scheduling appointments, office reception and telephone triage. Providing education to patients regarding contraceptive options, STI’s clinical procedures and options counseling. Performing technical clinic functions such as blood pressures, venipuncture, lab work and medical charting. Performing basic office functions such as filing, stocking supplies and routine insurance data entry.

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Job Listing: Executive Assistant, Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts

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Job Description

The Executive Assistant to the COO provides direct administrative support to the COO, and support of PPLM operations. She/he provides key administrative support of strategic initiatives, including supporting the cross-functional committees engaged in process improvements.

Duties include creating project plans, tracking completion of key milestones, reporting to the project team, and communicating with key stakeholders across the organization regarding status updates. The Executive Assistant will provide research assistant duties to the COO and project teams as needed, and assist the COO in writing and editing communications.

The Executive Assistant continually looks for ways to improve administrative operations, and to promote PPLM’s mission, philosophy and goals.

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Job Listing: Patient Services Specialist, Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts

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Job Description: 

The Patient Services Specialist’s primary responsibility is to coordinate the training of new staff.  The PSS position provides front desk coverage, answers phones, schedules appointments, and works in the medical records area.  The PSS is responsible for ensuring the quality of services provided in the call center and reception areas through ongoing training with staff around customer service, health center flow, cash handling practices, efficiency and patient care, and policies and procedures.  The PSS is the first available resource for patients, providers, health center staff and managers. 

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Job Listing: Research Study Site Manager, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

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Job Description: 

PPLM recently received a grant to coordinate a multi-center study examining cervical ripening for second trimester surgical abortion. The purpose of the Research Study Site Manager position is to oversee study operations and act as the study monitor for multiple study sites. Domestic travel will be required. The Research Study Site Manager will work directly with the overall study principal investigator (PI), research manager, and site investigators and staff to ensure protocol adherence and regulatory compliance. In addition, the study site coordinator will work closely with the research staff at PPLM to assist with studies enrolling at PPLM, as needed.

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Job Listing: Health Care Assistant, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

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Job Description: 

Provides day to day interactions and patient care within the health center. Functions in a variety of roles including: medical assisting, laboratory assisting, reception, and patient information and support. Will also be providing administrative support within the center. Will be working closely with all health center staff including clinicians and physicians. 

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Job Listing: Executive Assistant, Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts

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Job Description:The Executive Assistant to the COO provides direct administrative support to the COO, and support of PPLM operations. She/he provides key administrative support of strategic initiatives, including supporting the cross-functional committees engaged in process improvements.

Duties include creating project plans, tracking completion of key milestones, reporting to the project team, and communicating with key stakeholders across the organization regarding status updates. The Executive Assistant will provide research assistant duties to the COO and project teams as needed, and assist the COO in writing and editing communications.

The Executive Assistant continually looks for ways to improve administrative operations, and to promote PPLM’s mission, philosophy and goals.

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Use Your Words - Episode 7: Let’s Talk Masturbation!

Use Your Words! is a series for parents who want to talk with their kids about sexuality in a fun, honest, healthy and comfortable way. 

In this episode, Melissa provides some conversation starters for talking with your teens about masturbation and shares some masturbation facts and myths.

New episodes come out on our channel every Tuesday! Please share them with the parents and families in your lives :)

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Episode 1 (How Should You Think About Sex?)

Episode 2 (Answering Questions)
Episode 3 (Sex-Positive Parenting) 
Episode 4 (Values) 
Episode 5 (Movie Review: Let’s Talk About Sex!) 
Episode 6 (How To Consent (Or Not)) 
Episode 7 (Let’s Talk Masturbation!) 
Episode 8 (Internet Pornography) 

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