Though sexual development is typically associated with the teen years, in reality young kids develop an emotional and physical foundation for sexuality in many subtle ways from infancy.
Physical and emotional changes become more dramatic and complex with the onset of puberty and into the teen years, and kids are likely to have lots of questions.
By arming yourself with the facts, getting some sense of what to expect, and being there to answer questions and offer guidance, you can be a trusted source of information, comfort, and support for your kids.
All About Development
- Understanding Early Sexual Development
- Precocious Puberty
- Female Reproductive System
- Male Reproductive System
- Questions & Answers About Sex
- Talking to Your Child About Menstruation
- Understanding Puberty
- Talking to Your Child About Puberty
- Your Child's Changing Voice
- Your Daughter's First Gynecological Exam
- Sexual Attraction and Orientation
Sexual Health Issues
- Genital Warts
- When Your Teen Is Having a Baby
- Menstrual Problems
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- HIV and AIDS
- Toxic Shock Syndrome
- Vaginal Yeast Infections
- About Birth Control: What Parents Need to Know
- About Abstinence
- About the Cervical Cap
- About Condoms
- About the Diaphragm
- About Emergency Contraception
- About the Birth Control Shot
- About the Birth Control Patch
- About the Birth Control Pill
- About the Birth Control Ring
- About the IUD
- About the Rhythm Method
- About Spermicide
- About Withdrawal
Questions & Answers
- My 1-year-old son always tries to touch his penis. Is this masturbation?
- Why does puberty sometimes happen early?
- My 9-year-old daughter is already developing breasts. Is this normal?
- My 10-year-old son's voice is already changing. Is that normal?
- How do I make my teenage son feel better about not having any facial hair?
- Is masturbation normal for a boy approaching the teen years?
- My daughter is embarrassed about her period. How can I make her feel better?
- When should my daughter first go see a gynecologist?
- Should girls who aren't sexually active be vaccinated against HPV?
- When will my 13-year-old daughter's period start?
|American Sexual Health Association This nonprofit organization is dedicated to preventing sexually transmitted diseases and offers hotlines for prevention and control of STDs.|
|American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.|
|Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) PFLAG offers information and support for parents, friends, and family members of gays and lesbians.|
|National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy This site provides teen pregnancy facts, resources, and prevention tips.|
|Planned Parenthood Federation of America Planned Parenthood offers information on sexually transmitted diseases, birth control methods, and other issues of sexual health.|
|American College Health Association This organization provides advocacy and education to advance the health of college students and communities.|
|American Academy of Family Physicians This site, operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides information on family physicians and health care, a directory of family physicians, and resources on health conditions.|
|American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the support of AIDS research, prevention, treatment education, and advocacy.|
|Go Ask Alice! Go Ask Alice! is Columbia University's health question and answer service. It offers open and frank discussions of sensitive topics.|
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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