Teen Health and Sexuality

Are you a teen who’s curious about sex but afraid or embarrassed to ask your parents?  Are you a parent who isn’t sure how to approach your teen about sex? Here are some resources you can use to get the true facts about teen sex and health.

Last updated: March 24, 2013


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  • Boyology: A Teen Girl's Crash Course in All Things Boy
    by Sarah O'Leary Burningham

    A crash course in understanding boys, Boyology delves into the many mysteries of teen guys, dissecting flirting tactics, offering dating suggestions, and providing tips on forming solid friendships. It’s an up-close-and-personal look at boys in their natural habitats, with analyses by teen girlsand insight from the boys.

  • Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know about Sex, (But Were Afraid They'd Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens
    by Justin Richardson and Mark A. Schuster

    This guide by two Harvard doctors helps parents stay sane through every stage of their child’s sexual development-from infancy to the teen years and beyond. This comprehensive guide offers practical and often surprising answers to the questions that bedevil parents at every stage in their children’s coming-of-age.

  • For Girls Only: The Ultimate Guide to Being a Girl
    by Sylvaine Jaoui

    Do you sometimes wish there were a user’s guide to being a girl? For Girls Only is here for you! Whether it’s dealing with your family or the gossip at school, or worrying about your first kiss or what you should wear to your next big party, this guidebook helps you understand yourself, your fears, and your relationships.

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  • GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
    by Kelly Huegel

    This edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of people who are GLBTQ. Issues-based information and advice address coming out, prejudice, getting support, staying safe, making healthy choices, and thriving in school.

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  • Hang-ups, Hook-ups, and Holding Out: Stuff You Need to Know About Your Body, Sex, and Dating
    by Melisa Holmes and Trish Hutchison

    In Hang-Ups, Hook-Ups, and Holding Out, girls will follow the true stories of four girls and their choices—good and bad . And they’ll get answers to the questions teen girls are asking every day on the popular website www.girlology.com and in private sessions withDrs. Holmes and Hutchison.

  • It's Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health
    by Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberley

    An updated, fifteenth anniversary edition of the definitive book on kids’ sexual health brings this trusted resource into the twenty-first century. Now offering a brand-new chapter focusing on safe Internet use—one of parents’ key concerns—this universally acclaimed classic by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley.

  • Personal Hygiene and Sexual Health
    by Camilla de la Bédoyère

    Personal Hygiene and Sexual Health, discusses the changes that come with puberty in the teenage years for both boys and girls, including personal hygiene issues, body changes, relationships, sexuality, and more. Additional features include: a table of contents, glossary, index, fact boxes, real life quotations, and recommended books and web sites for further exploration.

  • S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You through High School and College
    by Heather Corinna

    Activist and web site originator of scarleteen.com, Corinna has put together a blockbuster of a book for young people dealing with sex and relationships. Corinnaanswers every possible question teens and young adults could have about virginity, puberty, pregnancy, body image, masturbation, sexual identity, the variety of relationships, and the mechanics of partnered sex.

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  • Sexpectations
    by Leissa Pitts and Craig Murray

    Sexpectations will help you make healthy, positive choices based on the right information.Sexpectations talks to girls and guys about when to have sex, how sex happens, why you might (or might not) have sex, what does sex feel like and other important things to know if and when a girl or guy has, or is about to have, sex. But sex isn’t just about one person.Sexpectations goes way past how to put on a condom—it explores the tricky areas of pleasure and desire with real life information shared in a straightforward way.

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  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    by Terri Dougherty

    The ailments and conditions that afflict people today can be confusing, disturbing, and painful-both emotionally and physically. This title provides clear, careful explanations that offer readers and researchers insight into what these conditions are, what causes them, how people live with them, and the latest information about treatment and prevention.

  • So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids
    by Diane E. Levin and Jean Kilbourne

    Internationally recognized experts in childhood development and the impact of media on kids, Levin and Kilbourne have teamed up to offer parents the information, skills, and confidence they need to raise kids with a healthy understanding of sex and sexuality.

  • Talk to Me First : Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' Go-to Person About Sex
    by Deborah Roffman

    We live in a time when kids of all ages are bombarded with age-sensitive material wherever they turn; ‘sexting’ and bullying are on the rise at an increasingly younger age, and teen moms are ‘celebrified.’ What is a concerned - and embarrassed - parent to do? With wit, wisdom, and savvy, Deborah Roffman translates her experiences gleaned from decades of teaching kids and parents, and as a mom, into strategies to help parents navigate this tricky terrain.

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  • The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys
    by Lynda Madaras with Area Madaras

    To help boys realize that they are not alone in their concerns as they go through their transformation to manhood, they need information, and this is the best book to give and share with them. The introduction is for the parent, the book for the young man. Readers will be comforted with honest, sensitive, non-judgmental straight talk on the body’s changing size and shape, the growth spurt, reproductive organs, voice changes, body hair, puberty in girls, and much more.

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  • The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls
    by Lynda Madaras with Area Madaras

    The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Girls Written by experienced educator and her daughter in a reassuring and down-to-earth style,The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Girls gives sensitive straight talk on: the body’s changing size and shape; the growth spurt; breast development; the reproductive organs; the menstrual cycle; body hair; diet and exercise; romantic and sexual feelings; and puberty in the opposite sex.

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