A guide

Man pulling his boxers. Concept photo of male sexuality&problemsEvery now and then, the media gets it right, and that’s a pretty great time to celebrate what can happen, what kind of information, can get out to people in need of that information.

Last week, that exact thing happened!

Bill Taverner, our Executive Director over here at the Center for Sex Education, was interviewed by Men’s Journal. The result was 10 Sexual Hygiene Tips for Better Sex, which is based on one of the handouts from this lesson plan from Positive Images:


Understanding Reproductive Health
by Sue Montfort and Joan O’Leary

By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify common reproductive health concerns of young people.
  2. Discuss basic information about female and male reproductive health care.
  3. Talk about reproductive health issues.

Young people are often anxious about whether their bodies are normal or healthy but find it difficult to talk about their concerns. This is particularly true of the sexual and reproductive parts of their bodies. We believe that sexual health and reproductive health are integral parts of overall health. Therefore, in discussing reproductive health, we are being inclusive of sexual health. Sexually healthy people need to know how to care for themselves and what services health care professionals can provide for them. This lesson provides basic personal and professional sexual and reproductive health care information and aims to increase young people’s comfort in discussing sexual and reproductive health care and potential concerns sexual and reproductive parts of their bodies.

The real goldmine in this particular lesson plan is in the handouts that accompany it:

  • It’s the Truth: The Facts about Personal Reproductive Health Care for Males
  • It’s the Truth: The Facts about Personal Reproductive Health Care for Males
  • A Maintenance Checklist for Penis Owners
  • A Maintenance Checklist for Vagina Owners

Whether you run through the activity or not, the information here is so important. I recommend that sexuality educators new to the field read through lots and lots of lesson plans so that they can absorb information just like this.