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Understanding Sexuality

One of the most important parts of your health and taking care of your body is knowing about your sexuality. Yes, that’s what we said. Sexuality. This is NOT just about S-E-X. It means understanding all about your body, your feelings, and healthy relationships. Almost every teen thinks he or she knows all about sex, but sexuality is more than sex. It’s about building caring relationships and caring about other people. It’s important to ask questions so you remain safe, secure, and responsible.

Accurate Information

Okay. So now you’re interested. So what should you do? The first thing to do is to get accurate information. Even though your friends seem to be experts, it is important to be sure the information you have is accurate. Talking with a trusted adult – your parents are a great resource here – is important. It’s important so you can learn about the physical part of sex and, to also understand how to take care of yourself and make good choices that reflect who you are and what you believe.

Of course, there are lots of books in the library that are great resources, but having someone to talk with about this information is also important.

What should I know about sexuality?

Like we said before, sexuality isn’t just about sex. That’s pretty common knowledge and you’ve probably learned about that in your health classes at school. But, just in case you haven’t really talked to anyone about it, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about it here.

Your Body

First, sexuality means you should know about your body and know the words for the different body parts. This is important because it is YOUR body. But it’s also important because if you have a health concern, you can share your concerns with a doctor, so that he or she will understand your concern.

Healthy Relationships

A healthy relationship with someone that you care about is important for your health, too. You always deserve to be treated well. If you feel like the person you love or care deeply about is not treating you well, be sure to talk with someone about it. You deserve better!

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