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Healthy Relationships
Am I ready for sex?

You will know when you are ready to have sex. If you are not 100% sure it is probably a good idea to wait until you are.

Do not feel pressured to have sex just because your friends say they are, or because your boyfriend or girlfriend is threatening to leave you if you do not sleep with them.

You might be under pressure to have sex if:

  • You feel like it is easier to have sex instead of saying no.
  • You feel you are being pushed into having sex.
  • You feel like you should have sex because you think all your friends are.
  • You are afraid you’ll lose your girlfriend or boyfriend, or that they will not love you any more if you do not have sex with them.
  • You have been drinking or taking drugs to help you feel more confident.

It might help to know that:

  • Most people who are under 16 are not having sex. Studies show that most people wait until they are at least 16 to have sex. Some wait much longer.
  • Being in love does not mean you have to have sex, and having sex does not mean you are in love.
  • Not having sex is not a sign of immaturity.
  • Saying no to sex is a sign of confidence and maturity.
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