Jessica Biel is to launch a series of online sex education videos for women, after admitting that, at 33, there were still aspects of her body she didn’t fully understand.
The actress has teamed up with US-organisation WomanCare Global with the aim of educating more women about sexual health issues.
In an interview with Glamour, Biel described realising she was not as clued up about reproduction as she presumed when her and husband, Justin Timberlake decided to try for a baby and she stopped using contraception.
As she had been on the Pill for a long time, Biel said she wasn’t sure how easy it would be to get pregnant. She was also confused about what days were best to try and conceive during the female monthly cycle.
“Suddenly I realised I really didn’t know what’s going on inside my own body… It was shocking,” the actress said.
The videos are expected to cover a range of issues under the sexual health umbrella, from puberty to family planning.
Biel said it is important that younger girls are not embarrassed about puberty and should instead be knowledgeable.
Telling the tale of when she first got her period - during a school play while wearing a “grey beard”, she said: “We want girls to know what their [body is going through] and so they don’t feel scared or ashamed or gross.”
Discussing the project, Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global said more education is needed as over half of US pregnancies are unplanned and sex education in schools is only mandatory in 22 out of the 50 US states.
Biel gave birth to her son Silas Randall Timberlake in April, 2015.
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