Let’s be honest: our parents don’t always do the best job teaching us about puberty. It’s awkward to talk about, and sometimes they don’t even know the answers! Certain things (like STDs) are scary and difficult to have an actual conversation about. In addition, many adults are flat-out unwilling to discuss things like birth control with their children. This isn’t helpful, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
Fortunately for you, there are copious websites that do a fabulous job of explaining complicated issues like birth control, sex, and periods. Not to toot our own horn, but Gurl.com is one of those sites! We’re dedicated to teaching you guys everything you could possibly want to know about your bodies, even and especially the most embarrassing things. We think we do a pretty good job.
But we’re not the only ones out there talking about this stuff, and acting like we are isn’t doing you any favors. Learning more about yourself will empower you to make the right decisions for your body. Plus, the more you read about female health issues, the more you’ll realize that you are completely normal. What a relief!
Here are some of the best websites we found that can educate you about your body:
1. Go Ask Alice
This website from Columbia University has an archive of excellent health questions that have been answered by a panel of experts at the university. The site is easy to read and navigate. You can even ask your own question!
This website was created because of reports of women getting genital reconstructive surgery. The site helps you understand that your vagina is perfectly normal and provides a photo gallery to show that a woman’s vulva comes in many sizes and colors.
This website has been around since 1998 and is a queer-friendly, safe place to learn about your body. From safe sex practices, to period questions, to message boards, this site has literally thousands of posts to educate you on being a female.
4. Girls Health
This government-run site is a great resource for girls to learn about fitness, safe sex, and bodily changes during puberty. It was created by the Office of Women’s Health and is updated regularly!
Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) is a nonprofit, public interest organization that promotes evidence-based information on your health and sexuality. The site has great resources for your building a better body image, birth control, and also advocates for women’s reproductive rights.
6. Being Girl
This site, though heavily branded, has good information and videos on puberty and periods. You can even “ask the experts” if you have a question that’s not answered on the site.
7. Libra Girl
Libra Girl has an active forum where you can discuss things like relationships, period problems, and random questions like what kind of bra you should wear.
This site is run by Boston Children’s Hospital and has a very in-depth Health Guide with terms alphabetically organized. I love the thorough and accurate entries about birth control.
Do you have any great website suggestions for girls wanting to learn more about their bodies? Which of these sites did you like the best? Let us know in the comments below!