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Meet Thuy + #SexEdForAllMonth + Songs About Masturbation
Nadya Okamoto
We're just trying to show people that menstrual hygiene is a right and not a privilege, and that periods are absolutely 100% natural."
— Nadya Okamoto
Nadya Okamoto is the founder of PERIOD: The Menstrual Movement, a nonprofit organization fighting to end period poverty. In 2017, she became the youngest Asian-American in U.S. history to run for office.
Growing up, I lived as an American teenager by day and a Vietnamese daughter by night. That cultural tension left me struggling to understand my own personal ideals and values. As I got older, I wanted to explore my romantic life, just like anyone else. I worried though that (I would be met with judgement) it might be a distraction from my studies. How could I possibly date knowing that my parents' worst nightmare was having my education jeopardized in any way?

Coming from a family with a low-income, my parents hoped that one of their children might land a lucrative career as a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Where did my love life fit into that dream?

Two years ago, I decided to explore my birth control options so that I could be protected from pregnancy while dating and continuing my education. I arrived at Planned Parenthood fresh out of high school with a 4.0 GPA, my Medicaid insurance card, and my future in my back pocket. As a patient, I was thoroughly educated on my options with care and privacy. I learned that I have control over my own body and can make the best decisions for myself — just between me and my doctor."

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It's Sex Ed for All Month!
Sex Ed For All
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced school closures around the country, many parents and caregivers are MUCH more active in their children's education. When it comes to sex education, we've got you covered!

Want to help your children learn about their bodies and give them tools for life? Watch our videos for parents and read through plannedparenthood.org/parents to help you prepare (también en español, aquí y aquí). These videos can help you teach important topics in age-appropriate ways, from preschool to high school. Topics include gender identity, healthy relationships, and more. Hear more from our team of sex educators!

What we're listening to:
Good Vibes: Songs About Masturbation
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Masturbating is totally normal and totally healthy. Most people don't talk about it, but almost everybody does it. Oh, and BTW — explicit content warning, this playlist is intended for listeners 18+.
"If I stop taking my birth control pill during the quarantine, is it safe to use my unused packs later when I want to start again?"
Yup! You can totally save those unused packs of birth control — just make sure the packs are full — no missing pills — and have not expired when you want to take them again. You can check the expiration date on the wrapper.

It's important to remember that once you stop taking the pill, you can get pregnant right away — even if your period isn't regular. So if you do have vaginal sex during the time you're off the pill, and you don't want to get pregnant, be sure to use another method of birth control, like condoms.

It's not dangerous or harmful to go on and off the pill. But any time there's a change in your hormones, you may have temporary side effects, like changes to your period. Everyone's body is different, so there's no way to know exactly how yours will react. If you're really worried about the side effects of going on and off the pill, talk with your nurse or doctor. They may be able to give you more specific information about what to expect based on your personal medical history.

— Kendall @ Planned Parenthood
What we're reading:
+ Sixty Years Ago, We Got The Pill. Today, We're Still Fighting To Keep It.
+ My Abortion Made Motherhood Possible
+ 5 Reproductive Justice Advocates to Know This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
+ My Periods Are Long, Inhibitive, & Painful. Here's How I Finally Learned To Take Control.
+ Coming To Terms With A Different Vision Of Motherhood
TBH (To Be Honest) is a monthly newsletter dedicated to learning about our bodies, talking about sex and relationships, and challenging health inequity and injustice. Send us your feedback.

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