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Sexual Health

  • About Birth Control About Birth Control

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.

  • Abstinence Abstinence

    Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Abstinence also protects people against STDs.

  • Birth Control Methods: How Well Do They Work? Birth Control Methods: How Well Do They Work?

    Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.

  • Birth Control Patch Birth Control Patch

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Learn what the birth control patch is, how well it works, and more.

  • Birth Control Pill Birth Control Pill

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to learn what birth control pills are, how well they work, and more.

  • Birth Control Ring Birth Control Ring

    A woman places the birth control ring in her vagina where it slowly releases hormones into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy.

  • Birth Control Shot Birth Control Shot

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article about the birth control shot and find out how it works - and how well.

  • Condoms Condoms

    Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.

  • Do Condoms Really Work? Do Condoms Really Work?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Do You Need a Pelvic Exam to Get Birth Control? Do You Need a Pelvic Exam to Get Birth Control?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy? Does Douching Prevent Pregnancy?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Emergency Contraception Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex; for example, if a condom breaks or slips off during sex. It is also available to teens who are forced to have unprotected sex.

  • Fertility Awareness Fertility Awareness

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to learn what the rhythm method of birth control is and how it works - and some of the reasons why it might not work for teens.

  • How Can Condoms Break? How Can Condoms Break?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Implantable Contraception Implantable Contraception

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Find out what implantable contraception is, how well it works, and more.

  • Spermicide Spermicide

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article and find out how spermicides work and when to use them.

  • Talking to Your Partner About Condoms Talking to Your Partner About Condoms

    Some people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.

  • The Cervical Cap The Cervical Cap

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article about the cervical cap to find out if it's right for you and how well it works.

  • The Diaphragm The Diaphragm

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. A diaphragm may be a birth control good option for a young woman who can take responsibility in advance.

  • The IUD The IUD

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Learn more about the IUD and to find out how well it works for teens.

  • Withdrawal Withdrawal

    Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Learn about withdrawal - and whether it's effective at preventing pregnancy and STDs.

  • Can I Stop Myself From Having a Wet Dream? Can I Stop Myself From Having a Wet Dream?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Gynecomastia Gynecomastia

    Puberty can be confusing, especially when unexpected changes happen. Learn what gynecomastia is and why it happens.

  • Hernias Hernias

    A hernia is an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue, or membrane that normally holds an organ in place. Learning to prevent hernias isn't hard to do - check out these tips.

  • How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow) How to Do a Testicular Self-Exam (Slideshow)

    The testicular self-examination (TSE) is an easy way for guys to check their own testicles to make sure there aren't any unusual lumps or bumps - which are usually the first sign of testicular cancer.

  • Is It Normal to Get Erections? Is It Normal to Get Erections?

    If you've ever had an erection in an embarrassing situation, you've probably asked yourself this question. But erections are a perfectly normal function of the male body, especially in guys who are going through puberty.

  • Is It Normal to Have an Erection When Waking Up? Is It Normal to Have an Erection When Waking Up?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Is My Penis Normal? Is My Penis Normal?

    Just about every guy wonders about the size of his penis at one time or another.

  • Male Reproductive System Male Reproductive System

    What makes up a guy's reproductive system and how does it develop? Can anything go wrong? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article.

  • Sexual Attraction and Orientation Sexual Attraction and Orientation

    Both guys and girls often find themselves having sexual thoughts and attractions. For some, these feelings and thoughts can be intense — and even confusing.

  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying

    Just like other kinds of bullying, sexual bullying is intended to hurt, offend, or intimidate another person. Find out how to recognize sexual bullying and harassment and what to do.

  • Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Boys With Autism Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    When you're a teen, your body changes — this is part of growing up. You will have to learn new routines to keep yourself clean and healthy. Here's what to expect.

  • Talking to Your Partner About Condoms Talking to Your Partner About Condoms

    Some people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.

  • Testicular Exams Testicular Exams

    If you're a guy, you may be wondering why the doctor needs to do a testicular exam. Find out in this article.

  • Testicular Injuries Testicular Injuries

    Serious testicular injuries are relatively uncommon, but testicular injury can be painful. Read this to find out what steps you can take to protect yourself from injury.

  • Testicular Torsion Testicular Torsion

    This emergency condition happens when the spermatic cord gets twisted and cuts off blood supply, causing pain and swelling. Find out what to do in this article for teens.

  • Transgender People Transgender People

    People who are transgender feel like they're living inside a body that's all wrong for them. Find out what it means to be transgender in this article for teens.

  • Varicocele Varicocele

    A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins in the scrotum. Although there is no way to prevent a varicocele, it usually needs no special treatment.

  • Virginity: A Very Personal Decision Virginity: A Very Personal Decision

    Deciding whether it's right for you to have sex is one of the most important decisions you'll ever have to make. Each person must use his or her own judgment and decide if it's the right time - and the right person.

  • What Are Wet Dreams? What Are Wet Dreams?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Why Do My Testicles Ache? Why Do My Testicles Ache?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Why Is My Voice Changing? Why Is My Voice Changing?

    At puberty, guys' bodies begin producing a lot of the hormone testosterone, which causes changes in several parts of the body, including the voice.

  • Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    When you're a teen, your body changes. This part of growing up. It's called puberty. Here's what to expect.

  • 5 Myths About STDs 5 Myths About STDs

    There's lots of misinformation out there about STDs. We set the record straight on 5 of the most common myths.

  • Bacterial Vaginosis Bacterial Vaginosis

    BV is the most common vaginal infection. Although it's a mild infection, it can cause serious problems if it's not treated. Find out how to recognize BV and what to do about it in this article for teens.

  • Chlamydia Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is an STD that often has no symptoms, so lots of people can have it and not know it. Read this article to learn how to protect yourself.

  • Finding Low-Cost Medical Care Finding Low-Cost Medical Care

    If you need medical care but don't think you can afford it, you're not alone. Get tips on finding low-cost or free care in this article for teens.

  • Genital Herpes Genital Herpes

    You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Read about how to protect yourself.

  • Genital Warts (HPV) Genital Warts (HPV)

    You've probably heard lots about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. For information on how to protect yourself and how to treat genital warts, read this article.

  • Gonorrhea Gonorrhea

    The STD gonorrhea can be very dangerous if it's not treated, even in someone who has mild or no symptoms. For information about how to protect yourself, read this article.

  • Hepatitis Hepatitis

    Hepatitis, an infectious liver disease, is more contagious than HIV. Find out about the different types of hepatitis.

  • Hepatitis C Hepatitis C

    The hepatitis C virus (HCV) spreads through blood or other body fluids, and can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. The most common way people become infected is by sharing drug paraphernalia.

  • HIV and AIDS HIV and AIDS

    There is no cure for AIDS, which is why prevention is so important. Get the facts on HIV/AIDS, as well as how it affects the body and is treated, in this article.

  • HIV Testing Resources HIV Testing Resources

    Often the only way to know if someone is infected with HIV is through testing. Here are the facts on what's involved in getting tested — and who should get tested for HIV and why.

  • How Do I Get Checked for STDs Without My Parents Knowing? How Do I Get Checked for STDs Without My Parents Knowing?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • How Do People Get AIDS? How Do People Get AIDS?

    AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is a disease where the body is unable to fight off many infectious diseases as it normally could. Find out how AIDS is spread and how to protect yourself against it.

  • HPV Vaccine HPV Vaccine

    The HPV vaccine can help protect against the virus that causes genital warts and may lead to some kinds of cancer. Find out more in this article for teens.

  • My Friend Has HIV. How Can I Help? My Friend Has HIV. How Can I Help?

    People who have HIV might feel alone and frightened at times. More than anyone, they need good friends like you to lean on and trust.

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

    Pelvic inflammatory disease, sometimes called PID, is an infection of the fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, or ovaries. Learn how to protect yourself.

  • Pubic Lice (Crabs) Pubic Lice (Crabs)

    Pubic lice, or "crabs," are tiny insects that can crawl from the pubic hair of one person to another during sex. Read about symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

  • STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

    You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.

  • Syphilis Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that spreads through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Read about how to protect yourself.

  • Talking to Your Partner About Condoms Talking to Your Partner About Condoms

    Some people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.

  • Talking to Your Partner About STDs Talking to Your Partner About STDs

    You know you should talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) before the action starts, but if you're like most people the thought of having "the talk" makes you completely nervous. Welcome to STD Chat 101.

  • Telling Your Partner You Have an STD Telling Your Partner You Have an STD

    People who have STDs might feel apprehensive about discussing their disease with a partner. Here are some tips on talking to a partner when you have an STD.

  • Trichomoniasis Trichomoniasis

    Trichomoniasis is a curable disease that can be passed from one person to another during sex. The good news is that it can be prevented. Read about how to protect yourself.

  • Urinary Tract Infections Urinary Tract Infections

    A urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common reasons that teens visit a doctor. Learn about the symptoms of UTIs, how they're treated, and more in this article.

  • Vaginal Yeast Infections Vaginal Yeast Infections

    What are vaginal yeast infections? Can anything be done to prevent them?

  • A Guy's Guide to Body Image A Guy's Guide to Body Image

    Many people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to appearance. But guys spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. And some worry just as much as girls do about their looks.

  • Adolescent Medicine Specialists Adolescent Medicine Specialists

    Adolescent medicine doctors are specialists who have extra training in the medical and emotional issues that many teens face.

  • Delayed Puberty Delayed Puberty

    Concerned about your growth or development? Puberty can be delayed for several reasons. Luckily, doctors usually can help teens with delayed puberty to develop more normally.

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Puberty Everything You Wanted to Know About Puberty

    Voice cracking? Clothes don't fit? Puberty can be a confusing time, but learning about it doesn't have to be. Read all about it.

  • Female Reproductive System Female Reproductive System

    Why do girls get periods? What goes on when a woman gets pregnant? What can go wrong with the female reproductive system? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article for teens.

  • Gynecomastia Gynecomastia

    Puberty can be confusing, especially when unexpected changes happen. Learn what gynecomastia is and why it happens.

  • Help! Is This My Body? Help! Is This My Body?

    Your body's changing - and if you've ever felt out of step with it, you're not alone. Find out how to deal with body changes and feelings in this article.

  • Male Reproductive System Male Reproductive System

    What makes up a guy's reproductive system and how does it develop? Can anything go wrong? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article.

  • Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Boys With Autism Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    When you're a teen, your body changes — this is part of growing up. You will have to learn new routines to keep yourself clean and healthy. Here's what to expect.

  • Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Girls With Autism Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Girls With Autism

    Learning to take care of your body is part of growing up. Here's what you need to do to keep your body clean and healthy.

  • When Will I Start Developing? When Will I Start Developing?

    Lots of girls and guys worry about when their bodies will develop. The fact is that physical development starts at different times and moves along at different rates in normal kids.

  • Why Are My Breasts Different Sizes? Why Are My Breasts Different Sizes?

    It's quite common for girls to have different-sized breasts, especially as they develop during puberty. If you're worried about how your breasts are developing, check out this article.

  • Why Is My Voice Changing? Why Is My Voice Changing?

    At puberty, guys' bodies begin producing a lot of the hormone testosterone, which causes changes in several parts of the body, including the voice.

  • Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism Your Changing Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

    When you're a teen, your body changes. This part of growing up. It's called puberty. Here's what to expect.

  • Your Changing Body: Answers for Girls With Autism Your Changing Body: Answers for Girls With Autism

    Now that you're older, your body may be changing. This is a normal part of growing up. Here's what's going on.

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