6 Things Sex Ed Never Taught You
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

6 Things Sex Ed Never Taught You

Sex education in America needs some help.

6 Things Sex Ed Never Taught You

This past year, I volunteered at a women's health clinic. While working there I learned so many things that I never learned in sex ed. I realized how many gaps there are in the education systems regarding sex and reproduction. Most sex ed curriculums don't even have to be medically accurate. These are some of the things I learned in my first week of working there.

1. Not all birth control is created equal.

Your version of birth control should be what is right for you and your partner(s). One size does not fit all—metaphorically and physically. A woman that uses the implant would not be right for someone that may try to get pregnant in the near future.

For a look at different types of birth control for you check out the comparison tool from Bedsider.

2. Planned Parenthood is not just for abortions.

It is a reproductive clinic that supplies birth control, family planning options, resources for prenatal care, and not all serve abortions. Many people see the media involving legislation and hate crimes toward Planned Parenthood, but many don't know that the clinic does much more than that.

3. People get very uncomfortable when you ask them about supplying condoms in their stores.

I tried to start a condom route throughout our town so that condom distribution would be much easier. The main problem was that people freak out when you talk about sex, or preventing diseases or even just some free samples.

4. You should get tested for STDs after each partner.

This seems obvious to some people, but others only assume that they should be tested every 6 months. Getting tested after each different partner ensures that you do not contract any STDs nor do you transmit any

5. Preventative health care is much cheaper than restorative health care.

Regular pap smears and breast exams regularly save lives. The earlier that you catch an issue with your body, the easier it is to treat.

6. Certain STDs require the clinics to notify the government and follow up on treatment.

Because many STDs are considered contagious they are treated as public health concerns. The public health department reports these numbers and some follow up on the treatment of these infections.

7. There is such a thing as protected oral sex.

Dental dams are small pieces of plastic that protect against oral sex for women. Men can still wear condoms when receiving oral sex. No one told me that in sex ed. They just said don't have sex or you will get STDs and die.
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments