Robert was introduced to Planned Parenthood’s services by his daughter. In high school, she had a few friends who went to the Planned Parenthood health center to receive life-saving healthcare.
He appreciates the fact that Planned Parenthood staff are not there to make judgements. Rather, they are there to provide care and help you make the best decision for you.
Planned Parenthood’s education and care led patient Gwen W. from feeling ashamed and lost, to being an informed and liberated sexual and reproductive rights advocate. Now, she is a sexuality and spirituality consultant and is able to empower others, just as the Planned Parenthood clinicians empowered her.
Most people have had an uncomfortable conversation or two about periods due to the topic's stigma in today’s world, despite how common and normal having a menstrual cycle is. As a person in high school, I have felt shame from my peers after dropping a pad on the floor on my way to the bathroom, which I think no one should have to go through. While we find other sanitary necessities to be free to those who need them, period products are overlooked as a thing that more than half the global population needs due to their controversy. Periods have been considered taboo in most countries for far too long, which is why we should celebrate new happenings in the world of better access to free period products.
We hear this term a lot, but it’s not always clear what it means. Is it bubble baths? Face masks? Meditating? To be honest, it can be all of those things and more! Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. With all of the stress of the election, it’s important to reflect on what it is that makes you feel comfortable and happy-and then to actually do those things. We all have busy schedules, but we can spare a few minutes for ourselves every now and then.
Volunteering at Planned Parenthood has helped me find accepting communities that I want to be around, and who want me around. In the short time I’ve been volunteering there, I’ve made so many good friends who’ve helped me with a lot of issues that I have with accepting myself. They’re like part of a new family for me – one that will love and accept me for who I am, no matter what that means.
October is Let’s Talk Month, which is all about the importance of parents talking to their kids about sex, sexuality, gender, and relationships. Open, honest communication helps young people be safer and more informed, and have less shame around sex. To highlight the different ways kids and teens learn about sex, I talked to PPMEAF’s youth group, who are volunteers between the ages of 13-21. The teens interviewed in this piece are all around 15 years old and have used aliases for their own privacy.
We are living in such a critical moment in this country’s political history and leading the fight for reproductive rights has been an extraordinary opportunity.
I had already completed my degree, experienced the 9-5 office life, and viewed the “real world” through a different lens than a college student might. However, the staff at the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund recognized that this internship would be a valuable learning experience for a post-grad gal trying to renavigate her career path, and they welcomed me with open arms.
It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that my views took a slight turn. It was the spring semester and a couple weeks before finals. I was on birth control, but I had missed my period. I tried to stay calm and convince myself I had just missed it because I was stressed about finals, but I was getting more nervous that I might be pregnant. That’s when abortion crossed my mind.