The basics of Pap smear testing
By Cara (Khaleesi.)
Getting a Papanicolaou smear test, commonly known as a Pap smear, is a very important part of becoming an adult as these tests enable doctors to find any abnormal cells that may be present in the cervix, or the lower portion of the uterus that connects with the vagina. These abnormal cells can sometimes lead to cervical cancer which is a big killer of adults aged thirty to sixty and the sooner these cells are found the easier it is to...
Barrier contraceptives: going beyond the external condom
By Traci (Coexist.)
A barrier contraceptive method, or shortened simply as a “barrier,” is a method of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by physically preventing the sharing of fluids and/or skin contact. Because it prevents physical contact, it is thought of to be one of the safest ways to protect oneself from STIs and pregnancy. The most common type of barrier is the external condom, also known as the...
Talking to your parents about sex
By Traci (Masterpiece)
Growing up, many people had “the talk” about sex with their parents. Although often awkward, these moments created a mutual closeness where parents and kids got to speak about adult choices and felt comfortable continuing a lifelong discussion. However, for some, these discussions were uncomfortable and uninformative with the subject never being brought up again. But no matter what, the time has come; you're in puberty, you...
Guide to condoms
By Traci (Revolution)
Condoms are one of the best ways to protect yourself during sex. Unlike the pill, shot, patch, ring, and other hormonal forms of birth control or not using protection at all, condoms protect you from both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). When buying condoms, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed with all the different brands, textures, and materials that they can come in. It's also common to wonder which one is right for...
Article featured in Avatar - Volume 4, Issue 1 (July 2010).
Safe Summer Sex
It's almost summer fling time! We all know of summer flings and many of us have had them. Maybe it's all caused by the heat, or we're all intoxicated by “summer fever”. Just like Danny and Sandy in Grease, a little bit of summer lovin' never did any harm, right? It's the perfect time of year to get out and about meeting new people. Whether you plan on having sex or just making friends, it's worth...
Article featured in Avatar - Volume 1, Issue 5 (Sept. 2007).
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Several times a week, the TeenHelp staff gets questions regarding sexually transmitted diseases and infections: what they are, how to prevent them, and the symptoms you may have if you do contract one. This month, we are addressing what is becoming a commonplace issue for teenagers around the world - STDs and STIs.