Sponsored Post: What My Mother Never Told Me About S-E-X

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by Kimberly Foster

Me and my mother never had "the talk." In fact,  I could probably count on my fingers the number of times sex was mentioned in my house while I was growing up.  I do, however, remember a fateful car ride home from church when I was 11 years-old.

I was preparing to enter middle school, and I guess my mother felt it imperative she break her silence on the taboo three letter word. While I gazed listlessly out of the car window--most likely dreaming about my future with Justin Timberlake--my mom asked bluntly, "what are you going to say if someone asks you to have sex?" "Ummm...say no," I replied. And that was it.

Fortunately for us all, I was so incomprehensibly driven as a child sex was the last thing on my mind. I knew I had a long list of goals, and boys would just get in the way.

But when I did start having sex, I had to seek out all of the information myself. I felt no shame when I began having sex, but I certainly felt alone in the journey. And all I can say is that I'm extremely lucky that I never got pregnant or caught a disease because I've made my fair share of foolish mistakes.

Reflecting back on my own experiences makes me extremely grateful for resources like Bedsider.org. The site provides women with tools that can help them choose the birth control that best fits their needs.

Reproductive care shouldn't be a secret. The silence that surrounds our sexuality on contributes to dangerous fictions.

 I'm thankful for having a choice.

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