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Let's Talk About is the official blog of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

How do I talk to my partner about using condoms?

Starting an open conversation with your partner can feel intimidating, but once you’ve done it, you’ll quickly see how it can build trust and deepen the mutual connection between you. And that connection may carry over into the bedroom and make sex even more fun.

So, dive in, start that conversation, and let your partner know how you feel. You deserve to feel safe, connected, and respected.

Feb. 18, 2022

Transgender Awareness Week is a time for reflection, resilience, and action

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, a time to raise visibility about transgender people and address issues faced by members of the community.

If you’re not already taking action, now is the time to start.

Nov. 13, 2021

Get covered, Illinois! ACA Open Enrollment is happening now

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is happening now through January 15. During this period, you can get both yourself and your family covered. We can help you navigate all of the available choices and find the health insurance plan that best fits your needs.

Nov. 1, 2021

Celebrate Pride by supporting the Equality Act

While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, it does not offer protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act hopes to fix that.

June 17, 2021

Ask the Expert: Is my pelvic pain normal or is it endometriosis?

What exactly is endometriosis? This condition affects as many as 1 in 10 women in the U.S., yet many are undiagnosed or get diagnosed much later than they should, leaving people to suffer from this painful condition in silence. Here’s what you need to know.

March 8, 2021

Connection and community helped me survive being raped

My high school life changed when I was raped and then found myself pregnant. Planned Parenthood not only provided critical abortion care, it connected me with other teens who were struggling with the same issues I was. It meant everything to know I wasn’t alone. It gave me the strength to come back to myself.

Feb. 16, 2021

Get to know our Black Organizing Program

We’ve launched our Black Organizing Program to prioritize the voices and needs of Black Illinoisans and advocate for meaningful access to needed resources at every level of government. Read on to learn more about our BOP staff and their goals for the program.

Feb. 9, 2021

Desafiando las probabilidades como una madre adolescente

Me quedé embarazada a los 15 años y me abrí camino en el mundo como madre adolescente. Cuando tenía 17 años, tuve un aborto. Ahora me he presentado para ayudar a romper el ciclo de silencio y vergüenza, y alentar a otras mujeres latinx a compartir sus historias también.

Jan. 28, 2021

Defying the odds as a teen mom 

I found myself pregnant at 15 years old and made my way in the world as a teenage mother. And at 17, I had an abortion. I I’ve come forward now to help break the cycle of silence and shame, and encourage other Latinx women to share their stories, too.

Jan. 28, 2021