Ellen Friedrichs, MA

Multifaceted health and sexuality educator, City University of New York, New York, US
Work Experience: 20+ years in health and sexuality education

“As a teacher and mom of three kids, I care deeply about ensuring that young people have access to inclusive sex education. But I also know that the need for medically accurate information about one’s body is important for people of all ages and life stages.”

Career Highlights

  • Coordinator of a middle and high school health education program, Brooklyn, New York, 2006–present
  • Lecturer on health and human sexuality, City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York, 2006–present
  • Independent sex educator for parents, students, summer camps, religious institutions, and community organizations, Brooklyn, New York, 2005–present
  • Author of the book Good Sexual Citizenship, 2019
  • Content expert for Our Bodies Ourselves Today
  • Contributing writer for Motherwell, The Washington Post, HuffPost, Healthline, Parents, and Salon


  • Master of Arts in health and human sexuality education from New York University, New York, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 1998
  • Certified HIV pre- and post-test counselor by the NYC Department of Health

Featured Publications

  • Good Sexual Citizenship, Cleis Press, 24 Sep. 2019.
  • “Why – and How – Parents Should Help Teens Develop a Healthy Understanding of Sex.” Parenting, 14 Mar. 2019. 
  • “Schools Are Banning Sex Ed Lessons and It’s Harming Our Children.” Parents, 20 May 2022.
  • “As a Health Educator, I Know Scare Tactics Don’t Prevent STIs. Here’s What Will.” Healthline, 29 Aug. 2019. 
  • “4 Ways Parents Can Support Teens’ Reproductive Health.” Rewire News Group, 11 Feb. 2022.

My Journey in Sex Education

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, I have lived in New York City since graduate school at New York University, where I studied health and human sexuality education. For the past 15 years, I have run a Brooklyn-based middle and high school health education program, taught at campuses in New York’s City University system and led sex education and puberty workshops for kids and parents. Working with people from so many different walks of life has helped me develop a real understanding of the many barriers that can get in the way of simply trying to take care of and understand your health.

Besides teaching, I am passionate about empowering people with science-backed knowledge about their reproductive health through my writing. Over the years, I have written a number of articles for online publications in which I share my advice and learnings from two decades as a sex educator. My book, Good Sexual Citizenship: How to Create a (Sexually) Safer World, looks at the normalization of sexual violence and argues that if we stop accepting “low-level” abuses as just everyday stuff, we can help prevent harm from occurring in the first place.

I feel very grateful for the opportunity to use my expertise to help Flo users of all ages around the world learn about their bodies, explore their own sexuality, and further disseminate empowering sex education. You can find more about me on my website, sexEdvice.com.

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