r u ready ?

You can always choose whether you want to have sex, whoever you're with. Just because you've done it before, even with the same person, doesn't mean that you have to do it again.

Working out whether you're ready is one of life's big decisions. You're the only one who can, and should, decide. Whether you're thinking about losing your virginity or having sex again, remember the following tips.

It's better to have an embarrassing talk about sex than an embarrassing sexual encounter before you're ready.

There are lots of things to think and talk about, such as:

  • are you both ready?
  • will you be having sex for the right reasons and not because of peer pressure?

The law says that it's legal for you to consent (agree) to sex from the age of 16. If you're under 16, you can get confidential contraceptive and sexual health services, including abortions. If you're under 13, the situation is different because the law says that you can't consent to sex at this age.


 

 

relationships

Sex isn't the only aspect of a relationship, and there are other ways of enjoying each other's company. Discuss what you want and what you don't want to do. You can do other things that you both like, such as talking, meeting each other's family and friends, going to gigs or the cinema, doing sport, walking, and listening to music.

You need to have the confidence to work out how you want to respond if sex comes up, and how far to go. Ask yourself if you feel comfortable. Is it the right time, in the right place, and with the right person? Do you really trust the person, and do you feel the same way about one another?

R U Ready? - Take the Quiz.