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Care Connection

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. - Audre Lorde

Care Connection is a sexual and reproductive health blog by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

That 8-Letter Word: Including Pleasure in Sex Education

It normalizes the idea of giving and receiving pleasure not just in sexual activity but in relationships as a whole.

July 2, 2018

Talking to Your Kids about Sex: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and parents and caregivers play a major role in teen pregnancy prevention.

May 23, 2018

Trump Has an Abstinence-Only Vision for Federally Funded Family Planning Programs

The program, known as Title X, is the only federal program in the United States dedicated solely to affordable family planning and sexual care.

May 21, 2018

What it means to be a Teen Advocate for Sexual Health

One of our TASH participants shares her experience learning how to advocate for sexual health and comprehensive sex education.

May 1, 2018

When to Start Talking to Your Kids About Sex

It's never too early to start talking to your kids about sex. There are ways, as parents, to have a healthy conversation with your kids about sex that's informational and age appropriate.

March 21, 2018

All About Consent: What Does It Really Mean?

When it comes to sex, consent is not a one-time act. Learn more about what consent means and what to do if your partner is unsure or doesn't consent.

Jan. 12, 2018

Teaching consent: Why the “Ann and Paul” skit is more harmful than helpful

It's not enough to teach teens, especially teenage girls, how to say, "no." It's also important to teach how to say, "yes" and how to have a healthy conversation about sex in a relationship.

Nov. 20, 2017