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If you are thinking about having sex, there are some serious risks you need to know about. These risks include:
How do I know if I’m ready?
This is a deeply personal question. As everyone is different, there is no clear answer to this.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you decide and prepare:
Do I understand all the risks?
Do I understand the importance of consent?
How does this decision fit with my values and beliefs?
Do I feel safe and respected by the other person?
Do I understand contraception and how to have safe sex?
Do I know what to do or who to talk to if something goes wrong?
Do I understand my boundaries (what I am comfortable and uncomfortable with)?
Do I want to have sex for myself and not because other people are pressuring me?
How will I communicate my consent to the other person? How will I make sure I have their consent?
Do I feel comfortable to talk about my expectations, concerns, feelings, safety and consent?
What if I decide I don’t want to have sex?
That’s totally ok! Remember that the choice is yours.
Whatever you choose should be respected.
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to sex
It can be a confusing decision, so it’s always good to have someone to talk to.
Talk to your parents, a trusted adult, or your GP if you’re thinking about having sex.
It may feel awkward, but they’re there to help. Talk through all of your worries and ask questions, so that you can make the right decision for you.
It’s better to be safe and to avoid even more awkward or difficult conversations later on.
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