Sex and Sexual Health

Sex can be a complicated thing. “Should I? Shouldn’t I? What’s normal? What will I be comfortable with? What is it?”

Whether you have or haven’t been sexually active, the most important thing is that you are comfortable with whatever choices you make. Nobody has the right to pressure or force you to do anything, or touch you in any way that makes them feel uncomfortable… and it’s a two-way street: You also need to respect your partner’s boundaries. With more knowledge comes a strengthened ability to make good decisions, which is especially important when talking about sex.

Keeping yourself healthy is important no matter what you do. When we talk about sexual health there are a lot of things to think about, because not only do your decisions affect you… they can affect your sexual partner(s) as well. Deciding to be sexually intimate can be complicated… Add to that all the information about contraception and STIs and it can start to feel pretty overwhelming!

The next few pages will provide honest, straightforward info about sex and sexuality, and hopefully clear up some of the questions you might have. If you need more, check out our links and support section to find websites, health professionals and youth-focused services.