Who First Taught You About Sex and Pregnancy?

Who first taught you about sex and pregnancy

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  1. actually i heard about sex from my peers since my parents were too shy to talk about it to us.
  2. I first learned about sex in my sixth grade[in Rwanda]. When my elder sister got pregnant and my aunt was so mad that she told us never to play with boys any more. And she made sure that all the girls in her care knew what it meant- that if a girl and a boy had sex..the girl would be the victim she said the girl would drop out of school and be responsible for looking after the baby and herself. At school no one ever mentioned about sex. seeing my sister being pregnant and suffering a lone made me learn what sex was and i came to understand more about it from stories i heard from my friends too.
  3. Avec moi, les choses sont venues d'elles-mêmes quand j'ai vu mes menstrues pour la première fois. Mon père et ma mère m'ont seulement dit que j'étais devenue une femme et que toutefois que je sortirais avec un homme, je tomberai automatiquement enceinte. Ce sont les informations auxquelles j'ai eu droit. Quand j'ai poussée ma curiosité en demandant ce que c'était que les règles, c'et mon père qui m'a répondu que c'étaient des dechets que mon corps rejetait chaque mois. Les informations véritables sont venues plutard de mes amies et de l'école. J'espère pouvoir être un peu plus explicite et ouverte sur la question que mes parents avec mes enfants quand j'en aurai.
  4. Though I know it's a little unusual, my father was probably the first person who spoke candidly with me about sex. I was probably 9 or 10 when I heard the word "erection" and asked him what it was. He explained it in frank, biological terms, somehow managing to hide any discomfort he had with the topic. He said sex was something two people do when they love each other. Later that year, my babysitter's husband tried to molest me. I knew that, when he put my hand on his erection, it was wrong because I didn't love him. So I promptly went home and told my mother. Needless to say, she broke all ties with that babysitter. Thank goodness my dad was brave enough to have that conversation with me!
  5. Well, in our community (North Caucasus of Russia), we never discuss these issues with parents. Nor do we have sex education at schools, because this is not a topic to be discussed in public. Most of information we got first from peers. Then TV and internet do their part of job.
  6. Well, in our community (North Caucasus of Russia), we never discuss these issues with parents. Nor do we have sex education at schools, because this is not a topic to be discussed in public. Most of information we got first from peers. Then TV and internet do their part of job.
  7. I don't know about sex and pregnancy up to 35 years. But when I am 22 years I attend the class about the sex. In that class when our lecturer taught about the sex and pregnancy. Because in my mind sex is a sin. Coming to the pregnancy I thought that when a boy or a man give kiss then the girl or woman become a pregnant. that time I am a nun. when i came out or become a social worker I came to know all about the sex and pregnancy.
  8. In my case- our school teacher introduced the topic, and then my mom filled in the gaps. Guess I have been lucky. Thank God for the people who cared.
  9. unfortunately i had zero knowledge about sex and pregnancy till 17, because in my coomunity sex is always secret and is not allowed to talk about openly and it is so shame to tell you kids about sex so my parents did tell me anything i just learnt in my own as i was grown up. and till now i dont feel comfort talking about it even with my husband which is embarrassing.
  10. Born and studied in a village, I had words like sexuality in my biology class and that is primary six, and my late mother always called us and only mentioned that when you start your menstruation do not play with boys you will get pregnant. when I went to high school, girls from town talked about such issues and that is when I learn t more about sex and contraceptives.
  11. I first learned about it in high school--Berkeley High School, to be exact. We had a one-half semester social living course that talked about it. I think I may have gotten some information at school back in junior high school (or possibly late grade school) as well.
  12. My mother started talking about the changes that will happen to my body at about the age of 12. I remember she would get books about puberty/sex and leave them on my bed and ask me later if I had read them. I guess having five daughters, she had to have a strategy in getting information to all of us one way or another. Culturally, sex is still a taboo in many villages but I think education will change this somehow as people realize that in order to have a healthy sex life, one must be informed about the pros and cons of sex.
  13. I got comprehensive sex education in my ninth grade health class in Texas, before the push was made for abstinence-only.
  14. Unfortunately, talking about sexuality was taboo in my family, so I didn't have a chance to get proper information at home. Taboo of sexuality is common in my country-Poland, because of a strong influence of Catholic Church. There are a lot of gender stereotypes, prejudices and resistance to provide comprehensive sexuality education at schools. My sexuality education lessons were separate for boys and girls. I remember one lesson where I got some information about menstruation,pregnancy and got a box of tampons. Honestly, I've learned a lot as an adult person, when I became a sex educator myself - I work for a Polish organization which is focused on providing comprehensive sexuality education and counselling for young people, who are very often left alone with their concerns on sexuality,relationships,contraception.
  15. Although matters related to body, nudity and sex were never a taboo in my family. I for example knew everything about menstruation early enough for my first one to be a good experience. However I do not recall any actual starting point for serious conversations about sexuality, pregnancy, contraception etc. I had a boyfriend at high school at the age of 18 and as I look at this now (also because I work for the organization focused on reproductive rights in Poland), my mom should have thought about it and talked to me which she never did. We did not have sex and it turned out that I didn't actually get into any consequences of lack of knowledge (like unwanted pregnancy or STIs) but from the perspective of time and experience, I think such a conversation should have happened. I had support from my Mom when I decided to get sexually active but it was after I finished school and I took the initiative.
  16. I had the great chance to grow up in a Nordic country, where sex educations starts early and most families talk about sex openly. I come from Poland where sexuality is still a taboo in public yet my parents did have a few attemtps to teach me issues about my body and sexuality. Nakedness was never a "no no" in my home and I learned that a naked body is something normal. I have had a few sex ed classes in my Norwegian school and we also did talk about sex with friends. However, as I often changed schools, I never had a consistent sex education. Most of my knowledge was gained from books designed for young people which were given to me by my parents. I suppose they never had the courage to have an honest and open talk, they did however ask me wether I learned about pregnancy in school. Later on, when I started having sex, internet was the main source of information.
  17. Sex is a taboo in Nepal. No one taught me me about pregnancy either. i read about then through books, tv and peers.
  18. For me, mine is so complicated I can't just remember exactly but I can still recalled the day my Ma and Grandma took me over at some matrons for check up to find out if I've known about man business. I think I was between 6-7 years old ( this is because many little girls can be rape by some big man) this wasn't the case with me because they found nothing wrong with me and this went on year after year even when I went to live with an aunt, it became the same routine until I became mature. This memory live with me until I reach the age of maturity and I was careful to never break the trust of my Ma and do any thing foolish. As for pregnancy and contraceptive, I learned from my friends who guide me thru the process telling me which contraceptive was good and which was not but I've been afraid all along to take contraceptive so I practiced the natural method which worked for me.
  19. I learned about sex from school. When they started teaching us about human parts. I am from Africa so they don't exactly teach about that. You have to figure it out by yourself, they teach you half of it. I completely figure it out when i was 16 years old, when i decided to study Biology, Chemistry and Math.
  20. My father was a doctor; my mother was a nurse. I learned about sexual activity from my brother and sister. I was the youngest of 4 but my sister and brother were the oldest and also the most "protective" of me. I remember vividly going to my sister and asking about a specific sexual activity (which was a girl/woman doing something to a boy/man)...during the conversation I asked why it was called a certain thing (blow) when, as she explained, it was a suck. it made no sense. In any event, my brother and sister really were so great about talking to me about these issues and as peers -- albeit older -- could do so in a way I could relate. To this day I trust them to explain ANY thing to me that I don't understand and I'm 58! Love you sis and bro! by the way, i still don't get it...the blow thing.
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