Asked by Anonymous Anonymous

Is it normal to masturbate?

It is absolutely normal! Even young children masturbate as a way to explore and learn about their bodies. Masturbation is only a problem if it begins to interfere with a person’s daily life, otherwise it’s a safe and healthy way to experience sexual pleasure.

-Rachel

Asked by Anonymous Anonymous

My period was supposed to start about a week ago. Sometimes they are irregular and come a couple weeks later, but, about the time it normally starts I was in vacation with my boyfriend and we ended up having sex. I have had small cramps that I normally get before I start but I read that could also be related to pregnancy. I haven't taken a test yet but what can I do to prepare myself for the worst? As a minor it's kind of hard to keep it to myself but I have to for now.

If the home test is positive, you may want to consult your doctor or take a trip to Planned Parenthood for additional tests. There, they will be able to provide you with options and resources that will help you with your decision if you are indeed pregnant. In the meantime, do you have a support system that you can fall back on? In your case it may not be your parents, but do you have friends or family members that can have your back? It’s difficult to make recommendations for how to prepare for situations like this as circumstances vary from person to person, but if I could give any piece of advice, it would be to take this one step at a time. Take the test, see what the results are, and then go from there. It’s all very scary stuff, but you don’t have to go through it alone.

-Rachel

Asked by Anonymous Anonymous

It's been over 72 hours since the "incident" happened.... Would the plan B pill still be helpful? I'm only 17 so the clinic is out of the question since my parents have no idea and they wouldn't allow me to do anything but have the baby (if that happens to be what's going on). I'm taking the at home test tomorrow but if it's positive can the pill still help or is there anything else I could do?

How long has it been since you’ve last had sex?

Emergency Contraception is most effective when taken within 72 hours, as you know, but it can be taken with some degree of effectiveness for up to five days after unprotected sex. It’s difficult to say when the effectiveness of EC begins to wane as it varies depending on individual biological factors, but if it’s been less than a week, you may want to consider trying it. Home pregnancy tests are effective if taken AFTER your first missed period. If you have not missed your period yet, the test will be ineffective. 

-Rachel

Asked by trappedinpiss trappedinpiss

all women have the right to decide if they want birth control or an abortion, but planned parenthood is kind of a fucked organization. it's just like any other federally funded organization.

Sorry you feel that way. Planned Parenthood has helped millions of people access safe and affordable reproductive healthcare, all the while providing opportunities for young people to stay informed and get involved in their communities. Not sure what you mean by “fucked” but if you’d like to do some research on the organization they have their 2012-2013 annual report posted on their website.

What were the birth control options 100 years ago?

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what were the birth control options 100 years ago?

What an interesting question! One hundred years ago, it was 1914. Woodrow Wilson was president; American women couldn’t vote; and getting birth control was a major hassle that was impossible for many.

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semislug:

one of my fav things about planned parenthood is that they don’t use gendered words when talking about reproductive health and I just love that

Thank you for noticing! We try to be as gender neutral as possible. But we’re not perfect — we do mess up sometimes.  So if that happens, feel free to kindly private message us and let us know. We might not be able to respond, but we’re always listening.

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