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Girl faces pressure over not shaving

Dear Straight Talk: I'm 16 and unlike most girls I know, I prefer to be natural and don't shave or wax. My friends accept this as my business, however, my stepsisters, with whom I share a room every other weekend, say I look gross…


Does college couple need pill and condom both?

Dear Straight Talk:  My boyfriend is 22 and I'm almost 20. We're in college and unsure about our long-term future so we just call ourselves friends. However, our relationship has been monogamous and steady for almost a year…

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Daughter is shaving pubic hair. What does it mean?

Dear Straight Talk: I don't know who to talk to. I walked in on my daughter (17), undressing, and couldn't help but see that she shaves her pubic hair. I didn't say a thing and decided to write you instead. Are all the girls…


Girls speak frankly about hook-up scene

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I counsel teens on college and career choices and have been learning about “hook-up” culture. I’m concerned that sexual activity, starting with girls…


Pregnancy, STDs: How savvy are today’s girls?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: My granddaughter “Tamara” is 16 and I suspect she is sexually active. Her mother travels for weeks at a time with her work and she and Tamara do not appear…


Popping the STD question

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m 16 and I have a question. How do you ask a potential partner how many partners she’s had and whether she has a sexually transmitted disease?…


Teen girls weigh in on HPV vaccine

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17 and I’m doing a report on the HPV vaccine. This is the new vaccine for human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted disease that…


Oral sex is not “sex” according to teens

Dear Straight Talk: I’m wondering how teens today define sex. I don’t have children of my own and I ask this because my niece, who is 17, confided in me that she and her boyfriend are…


Unconditional love means confidential access to a doctor

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a mother of grown daughters and I’ve been reading the columns on the dilemma girls face regarding whether or not to confide in their parents over things like…


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