- Who gave you “the talk?” How did it go?: My dad (a doctor) gave me “the talk,” as far as I can recall. It was brief and technical. Neither of us wanted to dwell on it. But then I read up on things (Our Bodies, Ourselves, maybe? I had older siblings) and asked some clarifying questions. “Only once is all it takes to get pregnant, right?” And I also recall wondering how it was we hatched from eggs…
- What is one thing you would tell your 13-year-old-self?: Dear 13-year-old Karl: don’t worry too much, things all get better and your skin will clear up.
- What was your biggest misconception around contraception as a teen?: Biggest misconception? That sperm could penetrate multiple layers of clothing.
- What do you wish someone had told you about contraception?: What I wish someone had told me: that contraception is something anyone can use and everyone should discuss.
This World Contraception Day (WCD), we’re igniting a global conversation with voices likes yours—young people and their influencers—to share your early experiences learning about your reproductive health.
Our ask: dig out those adolescent photos and dig into your teenage memories. Here’s how you can take part:
Step 2: Share a picture of your teenage self with an answer to any (or all) of these questions. Be sure to tag #TeenageMe and #WCD2018 so we can repost your responses on PSI’s social feeds starting today through Sept. 26.
- What do you wish you could tell your teenage self about contraception?
- Who first gave you “The Talk?”
- What was your biggest misperception about contraception as a teenager?
- If applicable, what was it like to first get your period?
Step 3: Let’s go global! Send this email to 10 of your friends. Bonus points for the more young people aged 15-24 you send this on to!
Together, let’s explore the challenges young people face and the opportunities we have to revolutionize how the next generation can own their health decisions. We can’t wait to read your stories.