….and I’m going to have sex. Is this okay?
There’s only one person who can tell or decide if you’re ready to have sex or participate in sexual activities: you! If you’re considering becoming sexually active, spend some time thinking about why sexual activity might be right for you. Make sure you’re not feeling pressured by friends or a partner. Be confident that sex isn’t linked to your self-esteem, and definitely don’t have sex just because someone else wants you to.
Another important thing to think about is consent. Consent is when people agree to a sexual activity without pressure, force or without being tricked. Anyone involved in the activity must be comfortable and feel safe. Another thing to think about is your “readiness.” It’s important that someone feels emotionally and physically ready for any type of sexual activity. Knowing the risks, knowing a partner and knowing yourself are key parts of readiness.
Even if you haven’t had your first period yet, there can still be a risk for pregnancy. This is because before someone’s first period, their ovaries release the first ovum, or egg, during ovulation. They can become pregnant if they have intercourse around the time of their first ovulation
So, if you’re sexually active, be sure to prevent unplanned pregnancy (if you are having the type of sex that can lead to pregnancy) and STIs by using condoms and choosing a reliable birth control method.
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