Take charge of your health! In this section guys and girls can learn about how to keep their bodies and minds healthy- from sexual health to medical insurance and a lot in between. Read this story first, then check out the sub-pages and resources on the right. If you have questions about your baby’s health, check out the Being a Parent section of our site.
This is a story written by a 17-year old from Clark County about how she tries to keep herself healthy and what she wishes all teenagers knew about staying protected.
Being healthy to me means taking care of yourself in general, good personal hygiene and eating the right kind of food, etc. For me, I am trying to be healthy by eating plenty of vitamins, protein, calcium, and cutting back on greasy and really fatty foods. I don’t exercise as much as I should be, but I do go for walks and get my heart rate up a few times a week. I don’t use any type of drug, tobacco or alcohol either. When I’m stressed, to take my mind off of things I usually listen to relaxing music, take a bath or watch a funny movie. I used to try to meditate, but I couldn’t focus enough.
If I could give advice to other teens, I would tell them to wait before even having sex, but if they really just want to, use protection! There are ways to get some free protection, like condoms, from your school nurse or Planned Parenthood clinics. They don’t call your parents if you ask them not to. Also, condoms don’t just prevent pregnancy, but sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) too.
I also think that it is important for teenagers to know that STDs are not like a cold or flu. Just because you caught it once, does not mean you cannot catch some of them again. They should know that if they have any suspicion of an STD at all, they should go get checked. If they are not detected early enough, they can cause permanent damage- not excluding infertility. To keep yourself clean, you can have a possible partner get tested before you do any sexual acts. They may refuse, but if they really care and are sure they are clean, why would they say no?