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Thinking About Sex - How Will I Know if I am Ready?

This is a decision only you can make. Things to ask yourself include:

  • Why am I thinking about having sex now?

  • Do I really want to have sex or am I being pressured into it?

  • Do I have reasons for not wanting to have sex now?

  • Would I feel embarrassed or ashamed if other people knew I was having sex?

  • Do I know everything I need to know about birth control and STI protection?

  • If I choose to have sex now, how will I feel afterwards?

You MAY be ready if:

  • You have all the information you need about your choices

  • You know what sex means to you and what's important to you

  • You and your partner understand the risks of becoming sexually active

  • You are able to talk opening about limits with your partner (for example - what you do and don't want to do)

  • You and your partner have talked about protecting yourselves from STIs and unplanned pregnancy

  • You are comfortable with the idea of having a sexual relationship

  • You and your partner are willing to use condoms AND birth control every time you have sex

You are NOT ready to have sex if:

  • You feel pressured

  • Your partner is not ready

  • You can't talk about it openly with your partner

  • You would feel embarrassed or ashamed if other people knew you were having sex

  • You don't have a way to protect yourselves against STIs and unplanned pregnancy

  • You or your partner need to get drunk or stoned to have sex

Remember, saying "no" to sex now, is not saying "no" to sex forever - YOU need to decide when the timing is right for YOU!

If you have more questions or want to discuss your choices, thoughts or feelings about whether or not you are ready to have sex, you can speak to a Sexual Health Nurse at our Sexual Health Clinics or over the phone at 1-866-888-4577.

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