Additional Resources


In the main sections of our website, we’ve provided our own resources and the best websites we can find nationally to help parents and school and health professionals guide teens about sex and relationships.  Here are some additional websites that have long histories of authoritatively answering questions about these issues.

Want to Ask a Question About Sex or Relationships?

maineteenhealth.org is the website of the Family Planning Association of Maine.  The goal of maineteenhealth.org is to “improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults in Maine by providing comprehensive, accurate, and non-judgmental reproductive and sexual health information and resources.” 

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Under the Ask Us tab you can type in a question about reproductive health or relationships and it will be answered by the following Friday.  On the left hand panel you can access lists of frequently asked questions and the answers under various topics (abstinence, birth control, relationships, sex, etc.) Or you can text short questions that will be answered in 24 hours. maineteenhealth.org also has also put together links to websites and videos, by topic, that will answer a host of questions.

Go Ask Alice! is  the renowned Columbia University question and answer health internet resource.  While it isn’t specifically for teens, the website, started in 1993, is authoritative and candid on a wide variety of issues in all areas of health.  Take a look at the Q & A Library under Relationships or Sex and Reproductive Health.  Or sign up for email alerts each week for new Q & A titles.  Health Information sheets are also available for download on the website in categories such as Relationships and Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Rutgers University’s Answer, is a leading national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults who teach them.  Their website, Sex Etc. is one of the most popular sexual health websites for teens in the U.S. and is highly respected.   The website has information on sixteen topics as well as a blog, stories by teens, answers to frequently asked questions and an opportunity to ask new questions.

Concerned about Abuse in Romantic Relationships?

The Family Planning Association of Maine’s maineteenhealth.org has links to programs and websites both in Maine and nationally that address abuse and violence in relationships.  Look under the Resources tab under Abuse and Violence.

For example, Love is Respect is an excellent site for teens or adults who are concerned about a possibly abusive teen relationship.  The website has relationship quizzes, a blog, and information on dating basics, texting and sexting, what abuse looks like, how to get help, and how to help others (as a friend, as a parent),

The Planned Parenthood website has excellent resources on relationships under the Health Info and Services tab.  Click on “relationships” and learn how to have a great relationship, the truth about unhealthy relationships, sexual and reproductive control, and ending a relationship.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE(7233) is an important resource for victims and anyone calling on their behalf for crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states.

In Maine the hotline for domestic violence is 1.866.834.HELP.  The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence website has important information for both victims, service providers, and advocates.  Since sexual violence is often present in abusive relationships, an excellent additional Maine resource is the The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Violence with similar resources and a support line (1-800-871-7741 TTY 1-888-458-5599).

I’m Pregnant, What Do I Do Now?

Several web sites provide advice on how to tell your parents you are pregnant.  The Abortion Care Network website, which provides support and services to independent abortion providers,  has a tab, Mom, Dad … that gives advice on telling your parents, no matter what option you choose for your pregnancy.  It’s also an excellent web site for information if you want to know more about abortion.   The website for the National Abortion Federation is also helpful about options under the tab, Are You Pregnant?

The Stepping Stones Adoption Program website is a good place to start if you are considering adoption.

Backline provides “unconditional and judgment-free support for the full spectrum of decisions, feelings and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion.”  Their website includes a blog, a bookstore, and links to other resources.  Their hotline (1-888-493-0092) provides a confidential and non-judgemental space to talk to volunteers about  the feelings, decisions, and experiences about pregnancy parenting abortion, adoption and pregnancy loss.

Need Help Parenting Your Teen About Sex & Relationships?

Planned Parenthood has an excellent section of tips on talking with teens and younger children about sex under the Tools for Parents tab.  In addition to tips for different aspects of these conversations, tips are offered on a variety of subjects such as keeping teens healthy by setting boundaries, helping teens delay having sex, parenting teens who may be sexually active, and parenting gay and lesbian teens.  The resources section for parents offers suggestions for websites, books about talking to children about sex, and books for children.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has resources for parents.  Look under the Resources tab and select Parents and Parental Influence.  The alphabetical list of resources for parents includes Talking to Your Teens About Sex, Love and Relationships.  Click on that and you will see nine videos in which teens tell parents in their own words when and how to have these conversations.

Advocates for Youth has excellent resources for parents.  For example, under the Topics and Issues   tab, click on Info for Parents and you will find tips for talking to your child on a dozen topics related to sex and other high risk behaviors.  There are even tips on how to talk to your child’s teacher about a sexual issue and tips for talking about sex to a child with developmental difficulties.  An excellent video features families talking about their roles in raising sexually healthy children.

What are Some More Resources for Health Educators?

SIECUS – Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. was started in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and reproductive health.  Under the Information and Education tab educators, counselors, administrators and health professionals can learn more about the latest human sexuality research, lesson plans, and professional development opportunities on a variety of topics.

In addition, Siecus’s project, SexEdLibrary.org offers easy access to lesson plans on sexual and reproductive health, puberty, abstinence, relationships, sexual orientation, body image, self-esteem, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancy, and more.

Advocates for Youth has many resources for health professionals including dozens of lesson plans on a host of sexuality education subjects under the tab, For Professionals.

Need to Find a Reproductive Health Clinic?

In Maine, maineteenhealth.org has a clinic finder under the Find a Clinic tab.   You can get all the contact information for the Family Planning Clinics within a 25 mile radius of the major cities and towns in Maine.  In addition, you can read about what a typical visit is like, and learn about Maine confidentiality laws for teens; reproductive health at the Know Your Rights tab.

Nationally, Planned Parenthood’s website has a health clinic locator (by zip code or state) with contact information as well as the sexual and reproductive health services offered for each clinic.