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Jessica Biel welcomed baby Silas in April this year, but the star has revealed she knew shockingly little about how her own body worked.

The 33-year-old and her husband Justin Timberlake started trying to conceive two years ago, but apart from coming off the contraceptive pill, Jessica has openly admitted that she was unsure about what was supposed to happen next.

Speaking to Glamour magazine, the star revealed she thought “Now what happens?”

“I’ve been on the pill for so long, how hard will it be to get pregnant?”

“Suddenly I realised I didn’t know what was going on in my own body,” the mum-of-one shared.

In light of her experiences, Jessica teamed up with WomanCare Global founder Saundra Pelletier, to produce a series of videos to teach young girls about contraception, menstruation and other topics that aren’t often openly discussed.

According to Pelletier, over half of all pregnancies in the US are unplanned, with only 22 of the US states requiring public schools to teach children about sex education, something that she and Jessica are hoping to change through education and awareness.

“We want girls to know what their body is going through,” Jessica said. “So they don’t feel scared or ashamed or gross.”

To do this, the pair will “share stories, fears and insecurities. The tone is informative but also goofy, smart and witty.”

The video series will be released on the WomanCare Global website on September 28.

Do you talk to your daughters about the changes they will experience? How do you approach the subject? SHARE WITH US in the comments below.

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  • Look up stunner in the dictionary and there will be a picture of Jessica!

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  • I had the birds and bees chat with my kids, but didn’t even think of providing information about how her body might react after stopping the contraceptive pill. Not that I myself knew anything about it anyway

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  • I don’t have a daughter, but if I did I would be as open as I am with my son.

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  • I think more of this needs to happen, I was never told anything as a kid and our school only taught abstinence for sex education.

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  • It’s important to let your children know what’s going to happen to their body as they reach puberty. It’s also important to let them know that whatever questions they have about growing up, relationships etc, that they can talk to a parent without fear or embarrassment. Knowledge is empowering.

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  • asking now what happens

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  • Yes, it’s an open policy that we have honest communication. Besides, education is the one that will exist in our lives for a long time.

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  • Yes my mother thought the subject was taboo, i had no idea what was going on and how to deal with it, thank goodness my older brother had girlfriends to help me, i probably over informed my 2 girls but at least they were prepared.

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  • yeh thanks for posting this article here.

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  • An interesting article, thanks so much.

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  • I don’t have a daughter, but I do feel these days women are more open with their daughters. I do have some conversations with my niece and love the openness that women share about these things moreso than when I was a teenager. A great initiative.

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  • It is great that you are openly discussing this – it will definitely help some out there.

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  • definately discuss this issue. it can be hard to talk about

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  • Any opportunity that arose where a discussion could occur openly and freely I took advantage. Obviously you have to bear in mind the child’s age and discuss at a level that is appropiate. I never want a young girl/lady to go through what I did even though my mother was a midwife. Before I got my first period my mother had made a comment to me “don’t be surprised if one day you find blood on your pants”. The day before I actually started my first period in class we were discussing hemophilia. I though I was going to die and mum knew but didn’t want to tell me. My mother did later give me a book but it was all too late.

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  • Discussion with kids needs to be ongoing and lifelong. Always answer all questions age appropriately and encourage and be open to questions and discussions.

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