Who First Taught You About Sex and Pregnancy?

Who first taught you about sex and pregnancy

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  1. I learnt about sex when i was in primary seven when i started reading and my mother was not open enough to talk about sex and pregnancy.they would only stop me from companies of boys,beat when find me playing with boys and would always ask my self why.at later stage in secondary school ,we were taught that when a girl and a boy sleep together ,a girl becomes pregnant.until one of the girls got pregnant and all girl above 18 years where called to be checked by a nurse and she asked me whether i have ever played sex of which i had not,checked my lower stomach and asked me to go out.later we were asked to come together and the nurse informed us that if a girl plays sex with a boy ,she gets pregnant and that is when i came to understand the two.
  2. I learned about sex first from my mom during elementary school, after I had explored some sexual feelings with a friend in the neighborhood. I will never forget that the school guidance counselor said that my actions and desires were "abnormal" and I spent the next decade+ of my life feeling terribly guilty and completely closed off to sex and romantic relationships. I was also raised in a conservative Christian household, which further reinforced my feelings of guilt and self-hatred. Through sharing this experience with others and hearing similar stories, I have been able to fully heal and come to a place where I feel sexually empowered.
  3. My mother taught me the basics, but my best friends and sister were my Web of support for learning about options for birth control. I am very open with my children and I hope that they will be able to talk with me and ask questions that I couldn't ask my,mom.
  4. My Mother and Aunts provided me with information especially about menstrual periods, and pregnancy. When I was in high school we had reproductive sections in school and also we were taken to the Museum of Science & Industry where we saw the development of stages of foetus. I also accessed books from the school library and the public library. It was usually me that informed my peers and my sisters. I was also told the consequences of engaging in sex resulting in pregnancy...especially the 'dire consequences.
  5. Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHV)) would visit our place and offer counseling on sexual and reproductive health issues. On one such occasion, I was privy to a counseling session in which the FCHV unrolled the condom over her thumb to demonstrate how to use it. I doubt my mother got the right way. I thought it was part of some sort of therapy to cure illness. I asked my mother what it was all about. She snubbed me saying it was none of my business.The incident sowed seed of curiousity in my mind. One day our math teacher searched bags of some back-bencher boys in classrooms and discovered the same stuff that the FCHV had demonstrated. He treated the boys harshly, slapped them on faces, and summoned their parents in school. Then. I thought the stuff was evil thing. I approached the boys to know why it landed them in trouble. One of them said, he would teach me one day. I was embarrassed. It was my eldest sister who killed my curiousity. Her explanation blew me away.
  6. My mother gave me a booklet with this information when I reached puberty. At first I didn't want to read it because after all it was given to me by my mother. But I was pleasantly surprised. I do remember enjoying it immensely though when I did read it. I really appreciated that information and after this I became much more respectful of my body and my sexuality.
  7. Puberty occurred for me extremely early, and my parents responded by being candid about the changes occurring in my body and what they meant. My school took over at a certain point with an annual sex ed section in our science class, beginning in 4th grade. It was very mechanical, but covered pregnancy and contraception, which was really helpful. What those dry sources didn't cover -- about pleasure and different sexual positions and activities -- I found in my parents' library (without their knowledge, at first): Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex and The Joy of Sex. I guess you could say I learned about pregnancy from my parents and school, but I learned about SEX in books.
  8. My mother never told me about sex, pregnancy, etc. When I was 11, she told me in a very strained way about menstruation. As this was the late 40s and 50s in the USA, there was NO sex education in school, even in biology classes (except how plants reproduce!) I learned about sex from my friends, boys and girls.
  9. I am very blessed that I have 2 very forward thinking parents. My mom taught me everything; little by little, depending on how old I was. My dad did the same with my brothers.
  10. Born in the late 1950s in Sydney Australia, I first really learned about sex and pregnancy at school in biology class when I was 14. Until then it was hearsay: Many of my friends were sexually active at thirteen and it was only luck that meant that I didn't follow suit for, ignorant as I was, I would surely have become pregnant! My eleven year old daughter has learned about sex and sexuality, at age appropriate levels, all through her life, and in ways that embrace a sex-positive view of human sexuality but with realism and a critical view of the sexism and misogyny that assails our world.
  11. In Zambia talking about sex is done in riddles which young people don't understand. the earliest time a young person can learn about sex is when they are of age and is only common for certain tribes in Zambia during the initiation ceremonies. the person taught mostly about sex is a girl. parents are very closed on sex issues. I, first learnt about sex at school, during a biology lesson and I was about 16 years of age! here in Zambia even when getting married only girls get briefing on marriage life expectations, this silence need to be broken! chopa
  12. I learned about the birds & the bees in the year 1996 while living in the village. For learning about sex, I was fortunate to have heard it in school. Moreover, it was part of our lesson taken in elementary schools during the 90s.
  13. In my prohibits sex and talking about sex, but through the marriage contract and can not Nbouh Bergaptna citizenship even to the nearest close as that sex education is virtually non-existent, which generates victims of sexual desires of both sexes
  14. In my culture; sex education is only given to females who are ready for marriage as a way of initiating her in marriage. I learn more about sex, pregnancy and reproductive health from Straight talk club at school. What early sex and early pregnancy can cause. Our Senior woman teacher could have session with all the female students. I also learnt much from my pear during social interaction. My parents could rarely discuss with me about sex; and mostly my mother used to encourage me to stay at school by avoiding early sex which could lead to early pregnancy. Much about condom, use of contraceptives I got from the straight talk club (initiated by the straight talk foundation Uganda-an NGO giving peer education to the youth). I am so grateful that I got to know about this as early age as 10yrs; this has help me to delay sex, avoid early pregnancy, improve my reproductive health and prevent HIV/AIDS. The information is helping me to sensitize the current youth.
  15. I was introduced firstly to human sexuality only in biology classses at school. I didn't talk about this topic with my parents, particulary because I was not interested to. When I was introduced to it in school I developed personal interest about sex, sexuality, reproduction and later on different diseases and sexual health. Personally, I had one bad experience regarding sex, and lost any interest about it, didin't see anything beautiful about intimacy, still struggling with it. But, my interest in sexual health is still very high through literature, biology and medicine, health web sites etc.
  16. unfortunately sex in Iran is Taboo.girls in traditional families do not know any thing about sex before marriage.
  17. My mother gave me a book about puberty and sexuality for girls and I got a lot of information from it but we never had honest conversations when I was a kid, only much later when I became a sex educator myself :-) In Poland where I live there hasn't ever been comprehensive sexuality education in schools due to great influence of the Roman Catholic Church. We have a subject called "Preparation for Family Life" which in most cases is a joke.
  18. The first time I learn about sex was at a clinic, normally the school administrators would take all girls ages 12 and up ward for monthly check up. Checking to see if one of us had missed her period or was having sex. After the check, everybody would know how was having sex and who was pregnant. Normally, the Family Planning Association representative will lead a discuss on sex and all the implications. Telling us that having sex at an early age who be dangerous for our growth and development and we would get pregnant and drop from school. Interestingly, boys were never involve in the entire process. It was a taboo for parents in rural Liberia to talk to their children about sex so I never heard my parents talk about sex to us but my mother always told me when we were alone not to get involve in early sex and I should not abort any pregnancy. I learned about contraception when I was in secondary school.
  19. Creo que aprendí por amigas (que sabían casi tan poco como yo), y por mi novio (afortunadamente él tenía más conocimiento en la materia, y era atento, respetuoso y cuidadoso) y la experiencia con él. Antes, de niña, sufrí abuso sexual de un hermano adolescente (varias veces, no recuerdo cuántas, ni creo que yo entendiera entonces qué era aquéllo, pero sí recuerdo el asco y la tristeza tan grande; no se lo dije a nadie -en muchos, muchos años- pero debió darse cuenta porque afortunadamente dejó de hacerlo). Mi madre (católica practicante) nunca me habló sobre sexo ni nada parecido. De hecho, me daba vergüenza decirle que ya tenía la regla, o que me comprara un sujetador.
  20. I learned about sex from my parents. When I was very young my parents read me books about how babies are made, which included no-nonsense descriptions of the physical act of sex. I didn't learn that sex could be pleasurable until later from my peers, but I was glad that I had the anatomical knowledge early on.
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