Where Do We Stand?
Planned Parenthood of Michigan believes that teens deserve answers to their questions, have the right to receive respectful and confidential medical and educational services, and will act sexually responsibly if given the facts, skills, and support.
This unique 40-hour training program covers a wide range of teen issues including sexuality, relationships, communication, and healthy decision making. It's honest, open, and comprehensive. Find out how to get involved.
PPMI offers leadership opportunities for high school students through our Peer Education programs. These groups offer opportunities to earn stipends and gift cards, as well as to learn valuable life, college, and career skills like leadership, community service, public speaking and presenting, event planning, and more! Opportunities are available throughout the state. For more information about PPMI's advocacy groups for high school students e-mail [email protected].
Where Can I Go For Birth Control and Infection Testing?
Planned Parenthood provides confidential medical care for teens at all of its health centers. Get a complete listing of health centers in Michigan or call (800) 230-PLAN (7526).
Text Questions, Get Answers
Planned Parenthood offers a text hotline for teens with questions about pregnancy, birth control, emergency contraception, abortion, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Text "PPGO" to 774636 (PPINFO) to get answers to your questions. Check out this YouTube video to learn more, including hours of operation (listed in video description). Message and data rates may apply.
Or, Chat Online for Answers
Planned Parenthood also offers an online chat option for your questions. Ask a question on Chat (may not be available 24 hours a day).
Quizzes and Games
How do you handle tough situations when it comes to sex and relationships? Test your knowledge with our online quizzes and games.
Tips for Talking to Your Parents About Anything (Including Sex)
- Tell your parents about your day-to-day experiences. Keeping the lines of communication open with daily conversation will make it easier to discuss more personal topics later.
- Initiate conversations by telling your parents about a book you are reading, a movie you've seen, something you heard on TV or read in the news. This can be an excellent way to bring up difficult topics.
- Bringing up personal issues may be easier when the situation is discussed as a concern or experience of "a friend."
- Whenever you can, share your feelings, ideas, goals, aspirations, and concerns with your parents. Let them get to know you and to feel a part of your life.
- Ask your parents about their feelings, ideas, goals, and concerns. A sincere effort to learn about them as people, not just as parents, will probably be welcomed. However, if they choose not to share, respect their privacy.
- Listen as well as talk. When discussing something important to us, it is easy to get caught up in our own thoughts and forget to listen to the other person.
Once you have begun a positive pattern of communication, it will be easier to talk to your parents about sexuality. You may want to ask them some of the questions listed below as a way to start the discussion.
- How did you learn about sex and sexuality? Did your parents talk to you? If so, how old were you? Could you ask them questions?
- Did you have sexuality education in school or church?
- What misinformation did you get from friends or the media?
- Were you told any scary stories about sex?
Links for Teens About Sexuality
Info for Teens (from Planned Parenthood Federation of America)
Become an advocate for responsible sexuality education and information. Learn more about Planned Parenthood leadership opportunities for teens.