Ellen Friedrichs

Health & Sexuality Educator & Writer

I'm a health educator, writer and mom to three kids. I run a middle and high school health education program in Brooklyn and teach in the health education department at Brooklyn College. For a number of years I was a contributing writer for Everyday Feminism and for many years I edited About.com's LGBT teens site. These days
a lot of my writing can be found at Rewire News. I've also written for the Washington Post, the HuffPost and others. Plus, I answer questions on the okayso app. Much of my writing is related to health and sexuality (both of the adolescent and the adult variety), and some of it covers my experiences parenting. Contact me at [email protected]



Everyone is Gay

5 Tips For Talking To Your LGBTQ Child About Sexual Health

Talking to your LGBTQ+ kids about sexuality can seem daunting. These 5 tips will help you have these important conversations.

Nature Medicine

On the Pill

This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the approval of oral contraception in the US, and the Pill's age is starting to show. Problems abound with its delivery, dosage and...


To Test or Not, for This Rare Bone Marrow Disease?

The bone marrow disease called CAMT is extremely rare among the general population. It may have long gone undiagnosed, especially among Ashkenazi Jews.


Sexuality, parenting, marriage and more

Numerous articles on some of my favorite themes.


SexEdvice Blog

Posts on all manner of teen sexuality and relationships.


Speakeasy Blog

My blog on reproductive rights, sex education, voting, teen pregnancy and more for Alternet.


Articles on cord banking and naked toddlers

Here are some articles on my early parenting experiences


LGBT+ Teens

Here is where I ran the LGBT+ teens site for many years and covered current events, pop culture, health, sexuality and more!

Recent Presentations

Creating Community Standards Around Sexuality

The CSE's National Sex Ed Conference

Presentation at the National Sex Ed Conference.

Everything Your Kids Want To Know About Sex…. And How To Tell Them

Park Slope Parents

Recommendations for what to say to your middle schooler, what you can stop worrying about, and how you can make this communication as healthy, informative, and comfortable as...

What’s Changed, What Hasn’t & How Believing the Hype Harms Youth Sexual Health

Sex:Tech Conference



How I Talk to My Daughter About Privacy (Plus, Expert Tips)

Check out my comments on how to talk to kids about sex.


11 Things You've Always Wanted to Know About Penises But Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

Here I help Seventeen break down what you really need to know about penises.


15 Things Every Girl Needs to Know About Masturbation

In case your sex ed class skipped a lesson on masturbation I help Seventeen make sure you are covered.

Teen Vogue

Real Talk: Yep, Herpes Is Still Happening (One in Every Six People Have it!)

Check out my comments for Teen Vogue on herpes, how to tell if you have it, and what you need to know if the answer is you do

The American Prospect

Safe Words

Check out my comments on sex ed in this great article.