This thread got me interested I'm not meaning this to be a political or US-centric thread at all, it was just the catalyst. The impression I got from that thread was that the idea of five-year-olds learning about sex was fairly shocking, and for them to know what a condom was also taboo. It got me thinking I'm pretty sure I knew what a condom was (and other contraception) when I wasn't much older than five, certainly long before I was ten. My mum told me about them in a sensible way I already knew the mechanics of sex (and a certain simplistic amount of the emotional side of it i.e. you did it both because it made babies and because you loved each other and it made you feel close to each other) and so the idea that there was this thing that prevented the "baby creation" part of it, whilst still leaving the "closeness" made sense to me. It didn't make me want to go and have sex with someone else, or anything like that that was something that adults did, like drinking alcohol or enjoying classical music, and frankly, that all sounded a bit pointless and boring when there was Lego, Nintendo and throwing rocks at things to be getting on with. So what were your experiences? When and how did you learn about sex, and when did you learn about contraception? Did it affect the way you see sex now? Do you think you learnt it too early, or too late? If you now have your own children, are you telling them something different to the way you learnt it? Argue away.