You should only have sex because you: Do you feel your partner would respect any decision you made about whether to have sex or not? You should be able to talk privately about any health issues including your sexual choices and not feel judged. Do you know how to prevent pregnancy and STIs? If you decide to have sex, it should be because you feel emotionally and physically ready. Your partner should be someone you trust.
Will my parents find out? Is your decision to have sex completely your own you feel no pressure from others, including your partner? You should be able to talk privately about any health issues including your sexual choices and not feel judged. You should only have sex because you: Have you and your partner talked about what both of you would do if you became pregnant or got an STI? Talk about what kinds of STI prevention methods you plan to use. Who do you call? Your partner should be someone you trust. The sooner you start the medicine after unprotected sex, the more effective the treatment is. For more information about EC, you can: There are many things that are important to think about before you decide to have sex, including whether this is what you want and whether this is the right time in your life. If sex is painful, not pleasurable, not your choice, or makes you feel that it is the wrong decision for you, you should talk with a trusted adult. What should I know about emergency contraception? Remember, the risk of getting an STI or a virus that can cause cancer or AIDS is increased if you or your partner s have sexual intercourse with other people. If you feel like you want to talk to someone or you need more support, your health care provider can help you find a counselor or support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens. Be open and honest about whether you or your partner have been, or will be sexually involved with other people. The only way to absolutely prevent getting pregnant or an STI is to not have sex. Will the bill be sent to my house? What if you find out that I have an STI? Many young women and men can talk to their moms, dads, or guardians about these issues, while others need confidential services. If you decide to have sex, it should be because you feel emotionally and physically ready. You need to find a provider who will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and take the time to explain things clearly to you. Are you and your partner willing to use contraception to prevent pregnancy and STIs? You should also think about how you will feel afterwards. Is your decision to have sex based on the right reasons?
Video about making decisions about sex and spirituality:
You Have Choices and Can Change Direction at Any Time
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