Additional Resources For Teens & Parents 

Getting the facts on reproductive health

What is reproductive health?

Reproductive health is all the health topics about reproductive system. These include: puberty, pregnancy, birth control, infertility, STDs, relationships and sexual health.

Is it normal to have questions about these personal health topics?

Yes. Teens and people of all ages often have questions regarding reproductive health due to a number of reasons, including:

  • Most of us have only had a little, if any, teaching on matters of reproductive health.
  • Health care and science are changing all the time as more is learned, so our understanding of health may change over time.
  • “Urban Legends” or myths about reproductive health are widespread and it can be hard to sort fact from fiction.
  • For some people, talking about sex can be very embarrassing and it can be difficult to find helpful information.

Does learning about sexual health mean a teen will be sexually active?

No. There is extensive research on this topic revealing that teens  who are accurately informed about their sexual health are more able to make healthy and responsible choices.

Just like when we teach a teen how to drive, we give them as many tips as we can about what to do to be safe: wear a seat belt, stop at red lights, don’t talk on your cellphone. Driver’s Education works well because it gives teens real facts and shows them that every choice has real consequences.

Similarly, correct facts about reproductive health give young people the chance to make good choices that put them in charge of their health.

What’s different about pediatric and adolescent gynecology?

The physicians and staff at Children’s Hospital Colorado have special expertise in a wide range of pediatric and adolescent gynecologic conditions, placing a strong emphasis on communicating with children, teens and their families in a caring and sensitive way.

The gynecologic conditions that occur in children and adolescents are often unique and may require the collaborative efforts of health professionals from several different departments – for example, pediatric surgery, urology, hematology, oncology, endocrinology, and adolescent medicine. We also work closely with your primary care physician to coordinate ongoing care and follow-up as needed.

Where can I get more information?

In addition to this section on pediatric and gynecologic care, our online medical library covers a broad range of women’s health and gynecology topics, including health conditions, birth control and more.

We also recommend the book It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, which covers all of the major topics about puberty and sexual health in a medically correct and non-judgmental way. It is geared toward kids age 10 and up, but has lots of good facts for teens and adults of any age. These authors have also written books for children ages 4-7, and ages 7-10, if you have a younger child.

Learn more about pediatric and adolescent gynecology

Additional resources on the web

We recommend that parents review these websites before recommending them to your kids

  • For preteens and younger teens:  Facts on puberty, friends, feelings, and healthy choices.
    • www.girlshealth.gov “Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be You. Beautiful.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    • www.pbskids.org/itsmylife Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, designed for kids ages 9-12.
  • For teens: Facts on personal health concerns, making choices, saying no, peer pressure, STD facts and testing.
  • For older teens and young adults:  These sites cover sex, birth control, and relationships. Sites are designed for ages 18 and up.
    • www.goaskalice.columbia.edu – A health question and answer resource from Columbia University
    • www.scarleteen.com – An independent sexuality education website: “Sex Education for the Real World”
    • www.beforeplay.org – Supported by the Colorado Department of Health, now offering a text answer service: text b4play to 57890 and have questions answered within 24 hours by a trained health expert.  Replies will always suggest that texters seek health services – not just count on the answer from the text line – and the texter will be guided to nearby health centers.
    • www.bedsider.org – This is an online birth control support network for women ages 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.