Sexual Development

Should Girls Who Aren’t Sexually Active Be Vaccinated Against HPV?

I’ve heard about the HPV vaccine for teenage girls. But I’m not sure my 14-year-old daughter needs it because she’s not sexually active. What should I do? – Lora The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is now recommended for girls and boys both. It will help to protect them from HPV-related cancers and genital warts. The vaccine has the best chance …

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Sexual Orientation

Adolescence is the dawn of sexual attraction. It happens due to the hormonal changes of puberty. These changes involve both the body and the mind — so just thinking about someone attractive can cause physical arousal. These new feelings can be intense, confusing, sometimes even overwhelming. Teens are beginning to discover what it means to be …

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About Withdrawal

What Is Withdrawal? Withdrawal, also called pulling out, is when a male removes his penis from the vagina before he ejaculates during sex. How Does Withdrawal Work? By trying to keep sperm from entering the vagina, a person using withdrawal hopes to prevent pregnancy. How Well Does Withdrawal Work to Prevent Pregnancy? Over the course of a year, about …

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About the IUD

What Is an Intrauterine Device (IUD)? An intrauterine device (IUD) is a piece of T-shaped plastic, about the size of a quarter, that is placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Two types of IUDs are available: one is covered with copper, the other releases the hormone progestin. How Does an IUD Work? The copper-coated …

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