Updated 11:43 AM EDT, Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Jessica Biel on Sex Education: Online Video Series to Educate Women About Their Bodies

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Jessica Biel gave birth to her son Silas just in April, but it hadn't been an easy pregnancy. According to the New York Daily News, she and her husband, Justin Timberlake, didn't have the easiest time conceiving their child, and up until then, she never really thought about what's going on inside her body.

In the latest issue of Glamour Magazine, Biel recalled what she had to go through when she and her husband decided that they wanted to have kids. She shared, "I've been on the Pill for so long; how hard will it be to get pregnant? Suddenly I realized I really didn't know what's going on inside my own body. It was shocking."

But with motherhood upon her, Biel wants to share her experience to others via an online sex-education series of videos aimed to help women understand their bodies.

To do so, she launched an initiative to help other women by teaming up with Saundra Pelletier, an activist and founder of WomanCare Global, a person she credits with helping her understand contraception.

The videos that they will launch will focus on subjects such as puberty, menstruation, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. While many of these topics are considered taboo, Biel wanted to address these topics as she remembered the embarrassment she had to go through when she got her period in fifth grade. "I was in a school play, wearing a gray beard and this pad the size of a skateboard and thinking, What is happening to me?" she shared.

She does not want other girls to have to go through that. The 33-year-old actress added, "We want girls to know what their (body is going through) so they don't feel scared or ashamed or gross. We share girl stories, fears and insecurities. The tone is informative but also goofy, smart, witty."

Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy thinks that Biel's idea is a good one, saying that she's "thrilled" about the project. She shared, "We need to get young adults this information in a variety of ways."

Pelletier added, "There is power and dignity in understanding your body."

The Web series is set to be launched on the WomanCare Global website on September 28. You can watch the videos on womancareglobal.org.

What do you think about Biel's initiative, is it a good idea, or is sex education a taboo topic to talk about in schools, even more so online?

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