Attention

X

You are now leaving AMAZE.org.
Content beyond this site might not be
appropriate for young adolescents.

Continue to external site
A Journey into the Reproductive System
A Journey into the Reproductive System
Add video to playlist Create Playlist
  • SM Playlist Add
  • Blog Add
  • Elsa Add
  • John Puberty Add
  • Health Class Add
  • diseño curricular Add
  • Vids Add
  • Boys Puberty Add
  • Girls Puberty Add
  • Test for Paul Add
  • test Add
  • PG Test Playlist Add
  • FLE Add
  • About Gender Add
  • 8th grade health Add
  • Playlist 1 Add
  • Useful Videos for Young People Add
  • For Boys Add
  • For Girls Add
  • Videos to Share Add
  • Ed primary Add
  • reproductive system Remove
  • 6th grade Add
  • Education Add
  • Jen Add
  • Payne Add
  • Olivia Add
  • SM Playlist Add
  • kjk Add
  • Daughter Add
  • Second Add
  • First Add
  • Most important subjects Add
  • Educating my kids Add
  • Middle School Talk Add
  • For Mary Add
  • For Amy Add
  • STDs and contraception Add
  • anne Add
  • katherine Add
  • Safe Sex Add
  • boys Add
  • Girls Add
  • usertest2 Add
  • usertest Add
  • playlist Add
  • Angus Add
  • Tambango Add
  • First Add
  • for 3rd graders Add
  • Kids Add
  • Lina Add
  • controles en los sistemas de informacion Add
  • David Grandisons Playlist Add
  • school projects Add
  • Stuff and Things Add
  • PROGRAMA ACADEMICO Add
  • Home school Add
  • Jam Add
  • My New Playlist Add
  • Ajax Playlist Add
  • Biologia Add
  • Consent Add
  • Puberty Add
  • Stuff Add
A Journey into the Reproductive System

Youth Section

Do you REALLY know where babies come from? There are lots of myths out there about how a person can and cannot become pregnant, so it’s important to know the facts.

When a guy goes through puberty, his testicles begin to make sperm. When a girl goes through puberty her ovaries start to release an egg about once a month. Once a guy produces sperm and a girl produces eggs, if they were to have unprotected sex with each other, their bodies could reproduce or make a baby. That’s why it’s so important to know how pregnancy happens. Going through puberty does not mean you are ready to have a baby, but it’s good to understand how pregnancy happens and how to prevent it.

Additional Youth Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the sperm get into the vagina?

When a male and female are very attracted to each other, they may decide to have sexual intercourse. The male’s erect penis is placed into the vagina. If the penis releases semen (a process called ejaculation) in the vagina or on the vaginal opening, then semen can get into the vagina. Semen contains sperm, and if the female has released an egg from her ovary (a process called ovulation), one of those sperm could unite with the egg and begin the process of reproduction.

Can someone my age really get pregnant or get someone pregnant?

There are a lot of myths out there about if, how, and when someone can or can’t get pregnant. The truth is, once you start to go through puberty, it’s possible to get pregnant or to get someone pregnant. That’s why it’s so important to know how pregnancy happens and how to prevent it if you or your partner are not ready.

Are there other ways to make a baby besides a man and woman having sex?

For a pregnancy to form, a sperm and an egg have to join, which usually happens through sexual intercourse. However, there are lots of ways that people form families. For example, some people adopt babies and some people have two moms, two dads or just one parent.

Helpful Links & Websites

Parent Info

Many people hear myths and misconceptions about how their bodies work, including ways a person can and cannot become pregnant, so it’s important young people have medically accurate information about their bodies and how pregnancy happens. Additionally, knowing the correct anatomical terms for body parts can help young people understand pregnancy and reproduction, set boundaries with other people and effectively communicate with health care providers.

Young people should understand puberty, including how the testicles begin to produce sperm and how the ovaries begin to release an egg about once a month, and that going through puberty means that they can now get pregnant or cause a pregnancy.

Young people should have an understanding of puberty, basic reproductive anatomy and that penile-vaginal intercourse is when an erect penis is placed in a vagina. If the penis releases semen (a process called ejaculation) in the vagina or on the vaginal opening and the ovary has released an egg (called ovulation), a single sperm in the semen can unite with the egg to begin the process of reproduction. The fertilized egg may implant inside of the uterus to begin a pregnancy. If a pregnancy does not occur, the uterine lining is shed about once a month during menstruation.

Educating young people about puberty and reproduction is an important part of having them understand their bodies. This lays the foundation for them to know the facts about reproduction and preventing pregnancy before they become sexually active with a partner.

Conversation Starters

When parents or guardians start talking with young people about how pregnancy does and doesn’t occur and how to prevent it, before their children become sexually active, young people know they can come to their parents if and when they have questions. You may choose to bring up pregnancy when a friend, relative or a character on a TV show becomes pregnant, or while at a drugstore picking up menstrual products. Below are some ways to start these conversations:

“Today I learned that your aunt is having another baby!"

Pregnancy is a pretty incredible process. What have you learned about how pregnancy happens?”

If you’re watching a TV show where a couple is pregnant, you can ask:

“Do you think those two characters are ready to have a baby?” You could also ask, “How do you think they could have prevented the pregnancy?”

Educator Info

Many people hear myths and misconceptions about how their bodies work, including ways a person can and cannot become pregnant, so it’s important young people have medically accurate information about their bodies and how pregnancy happens. Additionally, knowing the correct anatomical terms for body parts can help young people understand pregnancy and reproduction, set boundaries with other people and effectively communicate with health care providers.

Young people should understand puberty, including how the testicles begin to produce sperm and how the ovaries begin to release an egg about once a month, and that going through puberty means that they can now get pregnant or cause a pregnancy.

Young people should have an understanding of puberty, basic reproductive anatomy and that penile-vaginal intercourse is when an erect penis is placed in a vagina. If the penis releases semen (a process called ejaculation) in the vagina or on the vaginal opening and the ovary has released an egg (called ovulation), a single sperm in the semen can unite with the egg to begin the process of reproduction. The fertilized egg may implant inside of the uterus to begin a pregnancy. If a pregnancy does not occur, the uterine lining is shed about once a month during menstruation.

Educating young people about puberty and reproduction is an important part of having them understand their bodies. This lays the foundation for them to know the facts about reproduction and preventing pregnancy before they become sexually active with a partner.

Discussion Questions

After watching the video with your class, process it using the following discussion questions:

According to the video, what happens in the testicles once puberty has begun? What happens in the ovaries?

How could someone prevent pregnancy if they are not ready or don’t want to have a baby?

Where could you get more information if you still have questions about pregnancy and reproduction?