Having sex is a big decision, and there are a lot of things you should consider before you become sexually active.
The only way to be sure that you will not become pregnant (for opposite sex couples) is not to have intercourse. The best way to avoid pregnancy if you are having sex is through birth control (contraception). The only way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections is by using condoms. For best protection, you should use a condom every time you have sex in addition to your primary form of birth control (for example birth control pills).
You should discuss your options with a doctor. You can also visit a health clinic that performs exams and provides birth control.
It’s hard to talk about sex and contraception. It’s something that is private and personal. You might feel like you’ll be judged for being sexually active, or for not being sexually active, or for having questions or confusion. Everyone has questions, worries, and curiosities about sex - it’s normal to feel this. It’s best to learn about sex and take responsibility for it. You need to discuss things with someone you might become sexually active with - you need to be on the same page about what you’re thinking, feeling, and expecting.
It’s completely normal to have lots of questions, both before and after you become sexually active. You need to be asking these questions even if it’s embarrassing.
It’s very normal. It’s especially common during puberty as your body changes and hormone levels go up. It might be confusing or strange at first, but it’s normal. Your feelings will calm down as your body matures.
It’s natural to be worried because having sex is a big step to take. Feelings of unsureness or discomfort about having sex probably mean you should wait longer. There are a lot of bad reasons to have sex:
Having sex is a big decision. You never have to have sex. This is especially important if you’re feeling uncomfortable or unready. Your boyfriend or girlfriend should care enough about you to listen to your feelings. Don’t feel like you have to do it if you don’t feel comfortable or ready. Your boyfriend/girlfriend should care enough about you to not make you rush into it.
Sex can easily involve a lot of pressure. It can often seem like everyone else is doing it or talking a lot about it. This shouldn’t be the reason that you decide to have sex. 1-855-201-2121 is here to talk if you need to talk about sex.
There are many options for birth control, and you should definitely see a doctor to get an exam and find the best option for you. Is talking with your school nurse an option? You can always call us at 1-855-201-2121 to talk about how to get the help you need to make this decision.
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