The statistics are real and eye-opening ……..”30% of US teenagers have had sex by age sixteen, most young people have sex for the first time at age seventeen, twenty million people get an STD every year and most of these are young people between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four.”
If you are a mother like me, or aunt, or grandmother or any other adult playing a role in the life of growing children, you are probably really paying attention. For me, the take home message is that children are discussing sexuality very early in their teens. You wonder about the accuracy of whatever information they circulate among themselves. You wish we had a chance, the responsible adults in their lives, to make sure they have all the facts and know the truth.
It was very refreshing for me to encounter this book by Dr. Fatu Forna, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, and also mom to 3 daughters and 1 son. In her 5-chapter book, she reviews what every child should know as they approach puberty, about their changing body, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and contraception, and seeing their gynecologist. She uses real life images to illustrate the genital organs in healthy and diseased states. She uses a Q & A style to describe topics. In each section, she adds a highlight, “From Your Doctor To You,” which is the take home message that the reader can grasp even if just looking in a hurry.
The strength of this book is that it gives so much detail without becoming just another text book. The writing is engaging and provokes discussion, so much so that a young teenager could review with a parent. I certainly plan to keep this book in my family library and will refer to it, to educate the young people in my life as they grow older. I highly encourage you to take a look also. Click here if you’d like to purchase a copy.
About the author: Dr. Fatu Forna is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, married to a Pediatrician, and has 4 children. She received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Emory University School of Medicine. She has authored numerous articles on STDs, maternal and child health, and HIV prevention and care. She also co-founded a nonprofit organization called the Mama-Pikin Foundation, geared towards improving the health of women, children, and families in Sierra Leone, West Africa.